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The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Role and Aspirations in Iraq and Beyond

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, BA

The Kurdistan Region in Iraq has remained a safe haven for religious and ethnic minorities escaping genocide and persecution. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which has played a critical role in the ongoing war with ISIS with support from the U.S. and an international coalition, has been an island of stability within an otherwise troubled Iraq. Today, KRG's Peshmerga soldiers serve on the front lines against ISIS. This lecture will discuss Kurdistan’s history, its role in the current humanitarian crisis, and aspirations for autonomy in Iraq and beyond.

Instructor: Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, is the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representative in Washington. She previously served for 10 years as the High Representative to the United Kingdom. Before entering public service, Abdul Rahman worked as a journalist for 17 years and was the Tokyo correspondent for the Financial Times and the recipient of Observer Newspaper’s Farzad Bazoft Memorial Prize. She received her BA in history from Goldsmiths, University of London. Both her father, the deputy prime minister of the KRG, and brother were killed in a suicide attack in Erbil in 2004 that killed 98 individuals and wounded hundreds.

Coordinator: Indu Eerikal

Course Number: OSHR-70122   Credit: 0 units

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08/15/2017 In-class 125101 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla