Global Leadership

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

Human Freedom

Extending freedom and democracy around the world

Lindsay Lloyd
Lindsay Lloyd Deputy Director, Human Freedom George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Jieun Pyun
Jieun Pyun Manager, Human Freedom George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh Manager George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Shannon Bradford
Shannon Bradford Associate, Global Initiatives George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Victor Cha
Victor Cha Fellow, Human Freedom George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Amanda Schnetzer
Amanda Schnetzer Fellow, Global Initiatives George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Stephen J. Hadley
Stephen J. Hadley Chair of the Human Freedom Advisory Council; Former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Full Bio
Elliott Abrams
Elliott Abrams Senior Fellow Council on Foreign Relations Full Bio
Peter Ackerman
Peter Ackerman Founding Chair International Center on Nonviolent Conflict Full Bio
Tom A. Bernstein
Tom A. Bernstein President and Co-Founder, Chelsea Piers, L.P.; Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Full Bio
Scott Carpenter
Scott Carpenter Deputy Director Google Ideas Full Bio
Lorne Craner
Lorne Craner Co- Director, Transatlantic Renewal Initiative Board Member, Millennium Challenge Corporation Full Bio
Paula J. Dobriansky
Paula J. Dobriansky Former Undersecretary of State, Democracy and Global Affairs; Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council Chair Full Bio
Carl Gershman
Carl Gershman President National Endowment for Democracy Full Bio
Michael Gerson
Michael Gerson Syndicated Columnist Washington Post Full Bio
Mark Green
Mark Green President International Republican Institute Full Bio
Carlos Gutierrez
Carlos Gutierrez Co-Chair Albright Stonebridge Group Full Bio
Melanie Kirkpatrick
Melanie Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow Hudson Institute Full Bio
David J. Kramer
David J. Kramer President Freedom House Full Bio
Nancy Cain Marcus
Nancy Cain Marcus Adjunct Professor Southern Methodist University Full Bio
Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky Chairman The Jewish Agency for Israel Full Bio
Marilyn Ware
Marilyn Ware Former Ambassador to Finland Full Bio
Kenneth Wollack
Kenneth Wollack President National Democratic Institute Full Bio
Charity Wallace
Charity Wallace Senior Advisor, Women’s Initiative George W. Bush Presidential Center Full Bio