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Lessons Learned From Foreign Policy of George H.W. Bush officially released

Posted at 1:56 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 14:56:50-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — As president, George H.W. Bush led the U.S. through the fall of the Soviet Union, and the reunification of Germany that marked the peaceful end of the Cold War.

From 1989 to 1993, former President Bush’s deft decision-making, cemented, the world order for a generation.

In the newly published book, “Transforming Our World”, edited by Andrew S. Natsios and Andrew H. Card Jr., readers get to examine Bush's foreign policy leadership, like never before.

Both former Bush 41 administration officials, the two are associated with the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

“Transforming Our World”, features first-hand accounts from 18 former Bush Administration officials, including, his Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and Condoleezza Rice, who served on the Bush 41 National Security Council, before being Secretary of State for President George W. Bush (2005-2009.)

The accounts combine to provide unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on Bush 41’s role in world events, the former President's style of diplomacy, leadership and management skills, and the generational consequences of his decisions.

“There is no better nor more comprehensive examination of President George H. W. Bush’s extraordinary foreign policy record than ‘Transforming Our World,’” said Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense (2006-2001) and CIA Director (1991-1993). He also served as Texas A&M President (2002-2006) and as Dean of the Bush School (2001-2002).

“It brings to life for the reader the remarkable team Bush assembled, how he made historic decisions, and, indeed, how he transformed our world.” Gates added.

The current dean of the Bush School, retired Air Force General Mark Welsh, notes that the book has vital lessons for present, and future public officials.

“As we try to make sense of today’s strategic landscape,” said Welsh, a former Air Force Chief of Staff (2012-2016), “the steady leadership and thoughtful decisions reflected in this book serve as wonderful examples of how leaders can best serve our nation and our world.”

Natsios served Bush 41 as Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, where he oversaw the U.S. relief effort in several humanitarian emergencies. He is an executive professor at the Bush School and director of its Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. Card served Bush 41 as Deputy Chief of Staff and later Secretary of Transportation. He also has served as Acting Dean of the Bush School and, until last month, was interim CEO of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation.