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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.
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.
People of Courage
Bush Institute's Jieun Pyun reflects on module two of the Liberty and Leadership program and discusses how the scholars are improving living conditions for people in Burma.
South Dallas’s Bonton Farms Hosts Liberty and Leadership scholars and Mrs. Laura Bush
The Bush Institute’s 23 Liberty and Leadership scholars from Burma are spending three weeks in the United States for Module 2 programming.
Witnessing Burma's Transition Through Its People
Learn how the Liberty and Leadership Scholars, together with others in Burma, are forging a path to democracy and peace, bringing diverse communities together through mutual understanding and respect.
Bush Institute Leaders Are Contributing to Burma's Democratic Transition
Since the launch of the Liberty and Leadership Program, the Bush Institute has engaged 79 men and women from Burma, including former political prisoners, civil society activists, members of parliament, journalists, educators, health practitioners, and other emerging leaders.