Press Release

Solutions that address shortcomings in local and global policy are explored in the Bush Institute's quarterly publication, The Catalyst

Interview with Editor-in-Chief of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Miranda Patrucic

Dallas, Texas – The new edition of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute illustrates how specific governments and organizations have fixed problems that the rest of the world still struggles with. This issue spotlights models for success that address major challenges including economic inequity, political polarization, health care, and the war in Ukraine. 


In this issue, Dr. Deborah Birx, Senior Fellow at the Bush Institute, and Hannah Johnson, Program Manager for Global Health at the Bush Institute, describe how the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief provides a roadmap for government collaboration in helping save migrant communities. Another article by Natalie Gonnella-Platts explores how a boarding school in Afghanistan shows how to educate girls in repressive societies.


Miranda Patrucic, Editor-in-Chief of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), explains how journalists can use networks as a force multiplier to penetrate and expose transnational corruption and organized crime. In her interview with The Catalyst’s Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Tepperman and Jessica Ludwig, Director of Freedom and Democracy at the Bush Institute, Patrucic discusses how the investigative media group’s work has led to more than $10 billion in assets seized and/or fines levied, and led to 398 official investigations. 


On Oct. 4, a virtual Engage at the Bush Center presented by NexPoint conversation will focus on how governments around the world have solved supposedly insurmountable problems. Open to the public, the discussion will feature a live Q&A with experts Anne Wicks, the Ann Kimball Johnson Director of Education and Opportunity at the Bush Institute, and Albert Torres, Associate of Freedom and Democracy at the Bush Institute. For more information about the webinar, visit   




What: How governments around the world have solved supposedly impossible problems  


When: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 

11:30 a.m. CT 


Where: Virtual 

Click here to register for the webinar 




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