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The Fight for Kurdish Independence

Wednesday, September 27, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Flynn Auditorium

http://www.us.gov.krd/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Bayan-xan3a.jpgPlease join the Legal Aid Society, the International Law Society, Middle Eastern Law Students Association and the International Legal Studies Program as we welcome Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States, as she speaks about the Pending Kurdish Indepence Referendum. Her remarks will be among the first public statements made by the Kurdistan Regional Government, just two days after the Independence Referendum held on September 25, 2017 in Kurdistan, Iraq.

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States of America.

Key to her role are 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. Prior to her US appointment in  2015, Ms. Abdul Rahman was the High Representative to the United  Kingdom. She was elected to the  Leadership Council of the Kurdistan  Democratic Party in 2010.

Before her career in public service, Ms. Abdul Rahman worked as a journalist  for 17 years. She began her career on local newspapers in London and won the Observer Newspaper’s Farzad Bazoft Memorial Prize in 1993, which  led her to work at The Observer and later at the Financial Times. She
worked for the FT in Britain and in Japan, where she was Tokyo  Correspondent.

Her late father, Sami Abdul Rahman, was a veteran of the Kurdish freedom  movement, joining the Kurdistan Democratic Party in 1963 and playing a  critical leadership role in the Kurdish and Iraqi opposition to Saddam  Hussein’s regime. He held the post of Deputy Prime Minister of the  Kurdistan Regional Government and General Secretary of the Kurdistan  Democratic Party (KDP). Sami Abdul Rahman was killed alongside his elder son Salah and 96 others in a twin suicide bombing in 2004.

Ms. Abdul Rahman was born in Baghdad. Her family briefly lived in Iran in  the mid-1970s before moving to Britain in 1976. She is a history graduate from London University.