Co-Existence through Democratic Autonomy and Self-Governance: The Kurdish Case in Washington DC

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Representative Office in the U.S. and Kurdish Policy Research Center (KPRC) invite you to a special presentation: Friday, April 29, 2016 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. –    The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge –  529 14th St NW Washington, DC 20045  – 12:10 ET from Peoples’ Democratic Party; Kurdish Policy Research Center

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Opening Remarks by Deniz Ekici, Executive Director, Kurdish Policy Research Center (KPRC)

The Crucial Role of Kurds in the Fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria
9:30am – 10:45am

Yousif Ismail, Director of Media and Policy at the Washington Kurdish Institute WKI


  • Omar Saeed Hasan Saeed, Commander of the Sengal Resistance Units (YBS)
  • *Redur Xelil, Spokesperson for People’s Protection Units (YPG)
  • *Polar Jangi, Commander of the Pesmerga’s Counter Terrorism Group (CTG)
  • *Kino Gabriel, Spokesperson of Syriac Military Council

Question & Answer Session

Ezidi’s and decentralization in Iraq
11:00am – 12:00pm

Kirmanj Gundi, Prof. at Department of Educational Administration and Leadership, Tennessee State University


  • David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights in New York
  • Khalaf Salih Faris Ali, Representative of Shingal Assembly

Question & Answer Session

The Kurdish Challenge in Syria: Building Democracy in the Shadow of War
1:00pm –02:30pm

Moderator: Deniz Ekici, Executive Director, Kurdish Policy Research Center (KPRC)


  • *Salih Muslim, Co-Chairman of Democratic Union Party
  • Amberin Zaman, Journalist, Columnist for portal Diken, and for Al Monitor Pulse of The Middle East.
  • Mehmet Gurses, Associate Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University

Question & Answer Session

Keynote Speaker: The Kurds of Turkey: Civil War, Self-Administration, and the Peace Process 2:45pm – 3:45pm           

Moderator: Omer Taspinar, National Security Strategist at National War College

  • Selahattin Demirtas, Co-Chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)

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* Through Video Conference

CONTACT: KPRC: 202-701-3175

SOURCE Peoples’ Democratic Party; Kurdish Policy Research Center