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Bush Center Briefing: December 2016

December 2, 2016
This month's issue of the bi-monthly Bush Center Briefing takes a look at growing the North American economy, addressing the human rights violations of North Korea, and previews the family event "Imba Means Sing."

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LETTER FROM THE CEO

The Bush Center has had a busy last two months, putting the spotlight on issues that matter here at home and abroad. Along with what you will read below, yesterday marked World AIDS Day, an opportunity for us to celebrate millions of lives saved because of PEPFAR and the generosity of the American people. We are proud to continue that work through our affiliate, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, which builds on the PEPFAR platform that has delivered life-saving cancer services to more than 316,000 women in sub-Saharan Africa.

On Veterans Day, the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative presented a report on Confronting the Invisible Wounds of War. This work reflects our commitment to help veterans make a successful transition and recover from their invisible wounds.

The Bush Center has drawn headlines and spurred action as we fulfill our mission of engaging communities in the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.

We thank you for your support, wish you a happy holiday season, and look forward to an exciting, productive new year.

-- Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

IN FOCUS

DOMESTIC EXCELLENCE:
GROWING NORTH AMERICA

President Bush recently highlighted the benefits of North American trade in a speech that gained national attention. Following up on the President’s remarks, read our recommendations on how to further integrate the North America economy. Also, explore our updated North America Competitiveness Scorecard and our new web tool that demonstrates how trade grows our U.S. economy.
Read and explore here 

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP:
SHINING LIGHT THROUGH THE DARKNESS

This week at the Bush Institute’s Forum for Freedom in North Korea, President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush called for increasing the focus on North Korea’s human rights abuses and grave security threats. They also announced a new scholarship for North Korean refugees rebuilding their lives in the United States. And Bush Institute fellow Victor Cha and Ambassador Robert Gallucci released policy recommendations for addressing North Korea.
Learn more 


ENGAGEMENT AGENDA
FUN FOR THE FAMILY WITH IMBA MEANS SING

On December 13, the Bush Center will host our final Engage event of the year. Join us as we welcome the African Children’s Choir for an evening of musical merriment for the whole family. The program will include clips from the documentary Imba Means Sing. Tickets include admission to our all-new holiday exhibit, A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House 2004.
Buy tickets today 

IN THE NEWS

WFAA | President George W. Bush Urges Focus on North Korea

Dallas Morning News | Laura Bush Receives Award for Work on Behalf of Afghan Women, Urges Trump to Continue Efforts

Wall Street Journal | George W. Bush Praises NAFTA in Dallas Speech

Dallas Morning News | How Can Schools Hold onto Good Principals? George W. Bush Weighs In

Education Week | Data Fall Short When Evaluating Impacts of Principal-Prep Programs, Report Finds

Texas Tribune | We Need to Keep North America Working

Dallas Morning News | Ken Hersh: Economic Freedom Empowers Us

IN OUR WORDS

Escaping North Korea: Grace Jo’s Story

Mrs. Bush Discusses 15th Anniversary of Radio Address on Afghan Women 

By the Numbers: Why Do Principals Matter?

Honoring America’s Veterans with President George W. Bush

Enhancing the Economic Vitality of Our Neighborhood

3 Leaders Inspiring Us on International Day of the Girl

From Dallas to Kabul, Girls Can Code

Col. Matt Amidon on Confronting the Invisible Wounds

Laura Bush Foundation School Library Grants Open: Tell Us How You Enhance #Literacy Skills