The San Diego World Affairs Council presents:

The United States and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Essential Partners in a Turbulent Middle East 

As the war with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) continues, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq remains a critical partner for the United States and the Coalition. Its Peshmerga soldiers, in coordination with international partners, have cleared terrorists from thousands of square miles of territory and laid the groundwork for the ongoing liberation of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

The KRG’s Representative in Washington, D.C., Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, will discuss the KRG’s role in the ongoing war with ISIS, the status of the humanitarian crisis, and the future of governance and security in the Middle East and, specifically, the parts of the region inhabited by Kurds.

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has remained a safe haven for religious and ethnic minorities escaping genocide, protecting hundreds of thousands of Yezidis, Christians, Shabak, Kakai and other groups, as well as Sunni and Shi’a Arabs. All told, more than 1.8 million of them have found refuge in Kurdistan, where one in four people are now displaced Syrians or Iraqis.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

6:00-6:30 PM Registration & Reception
6:30-8:00 PM Presentation


AMN Healthcare Boardroom

12400 High Bluff Drive

San Diego, CA 92130

About Our Speaker

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative in the United States. Key to her role are strengthening ties between Kurdistan and the United States and advocating her government’s position on a wide array of political, security, humanitarian, economic and cultural matters. Prior to her appointment in 2015, Ms. Abdul Rahman was the KRG High Representative to the United Kingdom. She was elected to the Leadership Council of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in 2010.

Before entering public service, Ms. Abdul Rahman worked as a journalist for 17 years. She was the Tokyo correspondent for the Financial Times and won the Observer Newspaper’s Farzad Bazoft Memorial Prize. She is a history graduate of London University.

Born in Baghdad, Ms. Abdul Rahman is the daughter of the late Sami Abdul Rahman, a former Deputy Prime Minister of the KRG and a key player in the Kurdish and Iraqi opposition to Saddam Hussein’s regime. Sami Abdul Rahman was killed alongside his elder son, Salah, and 96 others in a twin suicide bombing in 2004.

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