Leaders for Democracy Fellows Return to Maxwell

For the third consecutive year, the Maxwell School will host a group of emerging leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa for five weeks, beginning March 15.

The Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, is designed to strengthen participants’ leadership skills, broaden their understanding of the world, and position them to become successful innovators and champions of democratic reforms in their countries.

While in Syracuse, program participants will attend workshops, lectures, and discussions, ultimately gaining a comprehensive understanding of democratic values, conflict management, and the role of civil society within democratic systems of government.

Following their five weeks at Maxwell, Fellows will pursue internships with organizations in Washington, DC, related to their fields of interest. This year’s 21 Fellows come from 14 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The 11 women and 10 men work in diverse professional field, including law, journalism, government, non-governmental organizations, academia, business, and public relations.

The LDF program is run by Maxwell’s Executive Education program, with contributions from SU’s Middle East Studies Program, the Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs, and the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts.