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ICYMI: Burma - Silenced No More

February 12, 2013 by Lindsay Lloyd

This week, the Bush Institute is honored to welcome four Burmese activists to Dallas for a series of meetings and trainings.  Sponsored by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program, the McCain Institute, and Meridian International, the delegation’s trip to the United States focuses on “the intersection between political reform and economic growth.”

Last week, the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker wrote an insightful commentary on the delegation and some of the challenges facing Burma.  As Burma undertakes a difficult process of political reform, Parker writes how these women and others like them are developing independent civil society institutions, one of the fundamental building blocks of democracy.

Burma’s road to a more democratic future will not be easy and the outcome is by no means certain.  As Parker writes, “How does one navigate freedom in a nation relatively new to democratic reform and find the voice to speak when one has been silenced?”  The commitment and courage of these women to construct an independent civil society will be an essential element.

Read the Washington Post commentary here.

This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection.


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Lindsay Lloyd
Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsay Lloyd is the Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people.  Lindsay is also responsible for managing the Freedom Collection, a multimedia archive that documents the stories of nonviolent freedom advocates from around the word. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Lindsay served for 16 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), most recently as senior advisor for policy.   Previously, he was IRI’s regional director for Europe and co-director of the regional program for Central and Eastern Europe, which was based in Slovakia.  At IRI, Lindsay worked with candidates, elected officials, political parties, and civil society activists to develop lasting democratic institutions.

Before joining IRI, Lindsay worked for several members and the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, as political director for a political action committee, and for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

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