November 5, 2015

KRG Representative addresses Harvard and Tufts universities in first visit to Boston

Boston, Massachusetts, USA (us.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman was in Boston this month to speak at the universities of Harvard and Tufts.fares

Representative Abdul Rahman spoke at a seminar at Harvard University, and was hosted for a dinner with Harvard professors following the event. She also met with a number of leading academics, including Dr Joseph Nye, a renowned political scientist, and Dr Jason Ur, an archaeologist conducting a survey of ancient sites in Ninewa.

She also met Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of The Fletcher School‎ at Tufts who had visited Kurdistan and Iraq while on active duty. They discussed the latest developments in the fight against ISIS, the humanitarian emergency and wider Regional issues.

Ms Abdul Rahman also addressed students at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in a talk moderated by Professor Richard Shultz, head of the International Security Studies Program at The Fares Center.

‘Over the past decades, our close relationship with the United States has been key to the security and prosperity of the people of Kurdistan,’ she said. The talk was wide-ranging, covering Kurdistan’s progress since 1991 and the recent economic and security situation including the refugee crisis, the fight against ISIS, and the KRG’s ongoing efforts to obtain recognition for the genocide against the Yezidis at the hands of ISIS.

In addition to her events at Harvard and Tufts, Representative Abdul Rahman spent four days in Boston, meeting with leading academics, Kurdish, American and international students, and the media. She met with the editorial boards of the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and Boston Herald, and gave a radio interview with Boston Herald radio.

This was the Representative’s first visit to Boston.

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