Liberty and Leadership
Equipping young leaders with the knowledge and skills to succeed during a democratic transition.
Men and women from Burma have completed the program, including former political prisoners, members of parliament, journalists, and other emerging leaders
Refugees provided with food and supplies by Aung Kyaw Moe, program graduate who developed an organization providing support to Rohingya refugees
When countries begin the transition to freedom, equipping young leaders with practical leadership skills and the principles of democracy and the free market is crucial to their success.
Freedom and democracy are essential to lasting peace and prosperity. According to Freedom House, more than half of the world's population live in places that aren't entirely free -- and that number is rising.
Focus on Burma (Myanmar)
Burma recently embarked on a transition from military to civilian rule, but significant obstacles to democracy remain -- most notably, ongoing ethnic conflict and refugee crises.
Mrs. Laura Bush's longstanding commitment to democratic change in Burma contributed to its selection as the initial country of focus for the Liberty and Leadership program.
Meet the program participants
CommentaryLatest Articles View all
Burmese Court Jails Liberty and Leadership Program Scholar for Freedom of Speech
Policy Recommendations: Investing in Democracy in Burma
Diaries from Seoul
Where is Burma’s Moral Leadership?
ICYMI: Jieun Pyun: "I am a believer of the American dream."
ICYMI: Burma’s Crimes Against Humanity in the Headlines
Two-Minute Take: U.S. to Provide $44 million for Vulnerable People in Burma and Bangladesh
Nowhere to Call Home
In the NewsLatest Press Releases & Headlines View all
Rohingya crisis goes beyond condemning the military: Myanmar scholars
George W. and Laura Bush celebrate freedom, democracy at graduation of Liberty and Leadership forum
A Refugee's Journey: The Search for a Better Life Leads to Buffalo
Through Bush Institute, Young Leaders from Myanmar Learn About Democracy in America
George W. and Laura Bush Celebrate Visit of Former Myanmar Political Prisoners