April 7, 2016 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Suffolk University - Rosalie K. Stahl Center
Amenities Room, 1st Floor
73 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108
Featuring: Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States
Michael Pizziferri (email@example.com, 617-542-8995)
Kurdistan, a mountainous area made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, is home to one of the largest ethnic groups in region: the Kurds. Now, most in the West know them for their small, oil-rich autonomous region in northern Iraq called Iraqi Kurdistan — one of the U.S.’ closer allies in the Middle East and a bulwark against the expansion of the so-called Islamic State. What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region? Join Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the U.S., for a discussion on the status of Kurdistan and its relationship to the United States. Before her appointment as the representative to the U.S., Ms. Abdul Rahman worked as journalist for 17 years and then began her public service career as the High Representative to the United Kingdom. Learn about how her role strengthening ties between Kurdistan and the United States, advocating her government’s position on a wide array of political, security, humanitarian, economic, and cultural matters, and promoting coordination and partnership influences both Kurdistan-U.S. relations and the position of Kurdistan in the world.