”Whether in Kenya or in Serbia, political campaigning is all about the same things” said Tomislav Damnjanović, campaign manager of G17 Plus  – the party that Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation works with in Serbia – in his opening speech. G17 Plus, which is represented in the coalition government, had selected around twenty young representatives from central and southern Serbia to travel to Belgrade for a three-day (March 1-3) conference arranged by the Foundation. All participants were active on the local level and most of them had already been involved earlier in campaigns in their hometowns. (more…)

For the second time this year, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation (JHS) arranged a study visit to Brussels for youth from the Macedonian ruling party, VMRO-DPMNE. The study trip, which lasted between 26 and 29 November, included visits to EU and NATO. The participants, mostly students, were members of the youth branch of the VMRO-DPMNE or active in local politics. (more…)

Barely a month after the parliamentary elections defeat of the Georgian party, United National Movement (UNM), around 20 members from the youth organization gathered in the Georgian capital Tbilisi for a conference organized by Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, October 26-28, 2012. The name of the conference was the “Role of the Youth Organization”, but the loss of elections partly reshaped the focus of the conference. (more…)

”Right now, the most important thing is to fight the corruption”, said one of the young members of the Serbian G17 Plus – a small, relatively newly formed liberal party that is part of the ruling government coalition. Serbia has not only undergone wars and long periods of political misrule, today, the country is struck by an economic crisis and the unemployment number is reaching 25 percent. The gap of living standards between cities and smaller rural towns is growing and people, who cannot find jobs in the major cities, escape the country.

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“Turkey has inherited a collectivist, statist mentality within its bureaucratic system which has not prioritized civil liberties for her citizens. Hence, there is a huge need to discuss classical liberal ideas on rule of law and constitutional democracy,” sais Ozlem Çağlar Yılmaz, General Coordinator at Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s Turkish partner, the Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), after a joint conference for young academicians in Ankara. (more…)

During September 14-16 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation  with the Bosnian political party SDA (Party of Democratic Action) arranged a conference in the city of Fojnica. This was the second conference in a series that accepted 40 young Bosnian politicians out of 300 applicants as part of the SDA-Academy.

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Between August 18-22, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged this years second Summer School, an ideology conference for young politicians. Young politicians from four of the countries in the EU:s Eastern Partnership, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Belarus participated, as did a number of Swedish youth politicians. (more…)

 

Finally it was time for the first out of two Summer Schools. About twenty young politicians from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Sweden met August 15-19 in Nynäshamn in Sweden to dig deeper into the principles of democracy. Nigel Ashford, professor at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University in Washington DC, was the chairman of the conference and seminars were based on his book “Principles for a Free Society”, written exclusively for the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation.  (more…)

How do you reform the Turkish state by keeping away from day to day politics? Prof. Atilla Yayla, founder of the Turkish think tank Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), aims to change his country’s climate of opinion by intellectual investments for the future. (more…)

Principles for a free Society is commissioned by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and written as a study guide by Nigel Ashford, an expert in political science.The study guide Principles for a free society examines twelve central ideas, demonstrates why they are necessary for a free society and applies them to political controversies. Readers are given the intellectual tools to contribute to debate about the future of their country and the world.

Principles for a free society is translated into Arabic.

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