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The Anti-Kurdish Paradigm: From Sykes-Picot to the September 2017 Referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

The National Press Club - Holeman Lounge

529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045

Mr. Ismail Beşikçi is a renowned sociologist, Kurdologist, PEN Honorary Member and former Nobel Peace Prize candidate who caught the attention of international politics with his work on the Kurdish Question and the continuing struggle of Kurds including their right to self-determination in the age of nation-states. He is the author of numerous anthropological studies on the social stratification of Kurds and Kurdistan, which he portrays as an international colony under the occupation of Iran, Iraq, Syria Turkey.

Mr. Ismail Beşikçi will discuss the Kurdish struggle for independence from Sykes-Picot to the recent Independence Referendum held in Iraqi Kurdistan in September 2017 and the reasons behind the lack of support from the international community.

The Evolving Geopolitics in the post-ISIL Middle East

The National Press Club - First Amendment Lounge

529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045

The conference aims to bring together leading academics, journalists, commentators, politicians and policy makers to offer perspectives on the fast-evolving situation in the Middle East, and particularly on Kurdish people’s rise to political and military significance in the region against the backdrop of the fall of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the rise of Iran as the new regional power.


Ms. Ilham Ahmad, Senior Member of the Syrian Democratic Council

Mr. Ethem Coban, Research Associate, Public International Law & Policy Group; Coordinator, Kurdish Studies Network

Dr. Aykan Erdemir, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Dr. Amy Austin Holmes, Fellow, The Wilson International Center for Scholars; Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Scholars Program, Harvard University

Mr. Bassam Ishak, President, The Syriac National Council in Syria

Dr. Najmaddin Karim, Former Governor of Kirkuk

Mr. Giran Ozcan, The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Representative to the US 

Dr. David Pollock, Bernstein Fellow, Director of Project Fikra, The Washington Institute

Dr. Harold Rhode, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Gatestone Institute

Ms. Sarah N. Stern, The Founder and the President of Endowment for Middle East Truth

May 25, 2016

"The U.S. - Kurdish Collaboration in the Course of Reshaping the Middle East"


The National Press Club

529 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20045

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