What’s Next: Policy Recommendations from the Bush Institute
Stabilizing the world. Growing the economy. Encouraging innovative leadership. These challenges are front and center as the nation prepares for a new administration and Congress. In a two-part series of recommendations, the George W. Bush Institute is offering solutions for the next four years in each of these areas.
This week, we focus on global issues. Drawing upon the expertise of Bush Institute directors and initiatives, we present proposals to promote human rights and stability in North Korea, expand the progress in eradicating and controlling deadly diseases around the world, and elevate the leadership of First Ladies as a way to solve problems at home and abroad.
North Korea: Human Rights and Security Issues Must Go Together
The United States needs an active, two-pronged strategy for North Korea, concentrating on the nuclear threat as well as human rights in the oppressive nation. Lindsay Lloyd, deputy director of the Bush Institute's Human Freedom Initiative, details how to combine those two and why they must go together. Read more
First Ladies: Using Their Platform for Impact
First Ladies have a platform that allows them to spotlight problems and solutions at home as well as abroad. Natalie Gonella-Platts, deputy director of the Bush Institute's Women's Initiative, offers a guide to the East Wing of the incoming Trump administration, showing how First Ladies in the U.S. and around the world have best used their platform for the common good. Read more
Global Health: Building on America's Leadership
The U.S. has made progress in fighting AIDS and cervical cancer around the world through such initiatives as the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. But the U.S. cannot afford to let up in the quest for improving global health care. Celina Schocken, director of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a Bush Institute affiliate, explains how the United States can lead this campaign over the next four years. Read more
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William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.
Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.
Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.
Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.
McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.Full Bio