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What role does the United States and its allies have in addressing medical and mental health support for the Kurdish and survivor communities after the end of the combat mission in Kurdistan and Iraq?
On July 26, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that American troops would end their combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021. The announcement left more questions than answers with many in fear about the political stability and the future of economic and infrastructure development in the region.

The Kurdish people have endured decades of genocide, rape, torture, forced religious conversion, and loss of loved ones to the Ba’ath Regime, ISIS, and multiple other terrorists. This panel will take a narrow look at how the United States and its allies can work with local governments to create programs that will provide necessary health, trauma, and mental care support for Kurdish people as they start to navigate post-conflict settings as a means of preventing future conflict in the region.

The psychotherapy and health programs at Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights address the root of post-conflict trauma and provide a roadmap to stability among various communities in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq, and Syria. Today Jiyan supports 9 treatment centers, a clinic for Yazidi women and families, a Healing Garden

Hosted by the Washington Kurdish Institute & Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights


Asmaa Ibrahim - is Co-head of Trauma Care and Health at Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights and assistant lecturer at the Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology at the University of Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq.

Dr. Michael M. Gunter - is a professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. - is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and has also taught in the Security Studies Program of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is the Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Amb. Peter W. Galbraith - was elected to the Vermont Senate on November 2, 2010. He is an author and former US diplomat.

Sep 16, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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