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Liberty and Leadership Forum in Mandalay, Burma

In early January 2016, the Bush Institute held an in-country training for our Liberty and Leadership Forum in Mandalay, Burma.

Article by Christopher Walsh February 10, 2016 //   2 minute read

In early January 2016, the Bush Institute held an in-country training for our Liberty and Leadership Forum in Mandalay, Burma.  This was a part of the year-long program which includes more than 115 hours of training around three pillars of study:  the principles of liberal democracy and economic freedom, lessons from other democratic transitions, and practical leadership and management skills. Leading scholars and experts from SMU and other universities provide world-class instruction.

The Liberty and Leadership Forum is an innovative educational and training program that equips young leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed during a democratic transition. The goals of the program are to foster democratic political currents, cultivate networks of individuals unified around a common vision, and prepare men and women for increased leadership in countries where transitions to freedom are occurring.

While there are often many short-term training opportunities in countries where a political opening has just occurred, longer-term sustained engagement with emerging leaders in these societies is rare.  The year-long Liberty and Leadership Forum helps ensure that participants are gaining the intended knowledge and skills and that the program’s intended impact can be achieved.