Leadership Academy: Armenia

The Leadership Academy in Armenia is the oldest and most particular one organized by the international foundation of the Dutch Liberals (VVD International). Every year, together with the international foundations of the Dutch Social Democrats (FMS), Dutch Christian Democrats (EFF) and the German Liberals (FNF), the Leadership Academy is organized during summer in Armenia.

Liberalism, Socialism and Christian Democracy were always the main political ideologies amongst political parties in the world. The origin of this academy therefore lies in cooperation between different political parties and their respective ideologies. About 20 years ago this academy was first brought to Armenia and had the intention to let political youth of different ideologies talk with each other and meet each other. Basis for discussion: their political differences but also their similarities. Still every year this results in a group of 20-30 young and talented politicians from different political angles befriend and connected with each other. The core of the Leadership Academy in Armenia is to set up this inter-ideological dialogue but also to facilitate training on both theoretical and practical exercises that contributes to the acquisition of new knowledge, experience and skills. The exchange of experiences, the establishment of contacts and the establishment of a dialogue between the participants of various Armenian political parties are still today the main aspects of this academy.