August 10, 2020 marks a century of the Treaty of Sèvres between the remnants of the Ottoman empire and the allied powers to restore much of the Middle East and Anatolia. Though never implemented, the Treaty of Sèvres recognized the Kurds’ self-determination, a right the Kurds continue fighting for since then.
What is the status of Kurdish nationalism after one century of struggle? What are the lessons learned from the past? Is independent Kurdistan realistic after the Kurds sacrificed millions of lives without achieving their goals? What has changed in US policies and the international community toward the Kurds and their demands? Have the countries with Kurdish populations changed their approach to the Kurdish cause after a century of conflict? And more questions will arise during the panel discussion.
Bayan Sami Abdulrahman- Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq to the United States
Gina Lennox- Co-Chair of the Kurdish Lobby Australia
Moderator: Philip Kowalski- Research Analyst, Foundation for Defense of Democracies