Greatest Threats and Opportunities for Human Freedom in 2016: An Interview with David Kramer

By Freedom Square | December 9, 2015

With International Human Rights Day approaching on December 10, the Bush Institute’s Chris Walsh asked David Kramer to forecast the greatest threats and opportunities for human freedom in 2016. Kramer is a member of the Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Advisory Council and former…

Bush Institute Fellow Victor Cha Links North Korean Human Rights and National Security

By Chris Walsh | October 26, 2015

Victor Cha, Photo Credit: Center for Strategic and International Studies   “No issue has raised more of a response than the direct calling out of the regime for how it treats its people. In the end, the North Korean state…

MEDIA SHOULD DO MORE TO EXPOSE NORTH KOREA’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD

By Chris Walsh | October 26, 2015

Last week, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and BBC were among the major media outlets providing an inside look at North Korea.  NBC correspondent Bill Neely was one of those on the ground in Pyongyang to cover the Communist Party’s 70th anniversary festivities.…

CHANGES IN CUBA: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELLIOTT ABRAMS

By Freedom Square | September 16, 2015

In the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution and nationalization of U.S.-owned businesses in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy severed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba on January 3, 1961.  Fifty-four years later, the Obama Administration reestablished formal ties…

CHANGES IN CUBA: AN INTERVIEW WITH CARLOS GUTIERREZ

By Freedom Square | September 16, 2015

The Bush Institute blog is exploring the change in diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba with a series of short interviews with observers of the U.S.-Cuba relationship.  We continue the series with former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos…

FREEDOM MATTERS FOR RETURNING STUDENTS

By Chris Walsh | September 4, 2015

It was exciting to learn that North Texas’ Lovejoy Independent School District incorporated the Bush Institute’s Freedom Matters!curriculum into its recent “Celebrate Freedom Week.” Each fall, students in Texas public schools study their country’s founding documents and the principles of freedom.…

INSPIRING BURMA’S NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

By Elizabeth Hoffman | July 23, 2015

In this interview, Aung Kyaw Tun, a former political prisoner and a consultant for the Myanmar Institute for Democracy, discusses his experience in the Bush Institute’s Liberty and Leadership Forum and the conditions in his country. During his year in the program, Aung…

HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA: A CHAMPION FOR FREEDOM

By Amanda Schnetzer | July 1, 2015

In a Freedom Collection interview four years ago, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke about how we in the 21st Century must carry the struggle for freedom to those parts of the world that still lack such basic human liberties as…

THE SIDE OF FREEDOM

By Amanda Schnetzer | June 30, 2015

President George W. Bush meets with Natan Sharansky in 2008. Photo by David Bohrer / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.   In 2004, former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky publishedThe Case for Democracy, a small but significant volume on…

ONE YEAR LATER, YOUNG BURMESE LEADERS GRADUATE

By Chris Walsh | June 30, 2015

Today, the inaugural class of the Bush Institute’s Liberty and Leadership Forum will celebrate their graduation from the year-long program, which focuses on the principles of liberal democracy, economic freedom, and principled leadership. The 18 graduates are from Burma, and represent young…