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April 28, 2011

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Kurdish Studies Seminar You are cordially invited to the Kurdish Studies Seminar on

Political Change in Middle East and The Kurds 

Speaker: Mr.   Hemen Hawrami, the head of foreign relations office of Kurdistan Democratic Party Date and Time: 16.03. 2011 @18:00pm 

Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies ( SOAS ), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG 

Organised by Kurdish Studies and Students Organization ( KSSO ) and Kurdish Society at SOAS ( KSSOAS ) 

Kurdish Studies seminars are open to students, academics and people who are interested in Kurdish matters 

Seminar abstract

Since 2011, The Middle East and Northern Africa have been undergoing a remarkable series of socio-political changes.  People from Tunisia to Syria with different social, political, gendered, cultural and religious background are demanding a political transformation through their socio-political mobilization and collective action.  The stateless Kurds in the Middle East are also seeking to change the Turkish, Iranian and Syrian nationalist policies which deny the basic rights of Kurds and use their coercive power to suppress the Kurdish people’s voice. Yet, there is a possibility of change: Turkey has announced its “Kurdish opening” project to solve its Kurdish problem but this attempt ended with mass arrest of Kurdish elected representatives and the political crisis is continuing. Kurds in Syria have intensified their political mobilization recently and seek to be a political actor in Syria. Similarly Kurds in Iran seek the political representation and recognition of their ethnic identity.

Mr  Hawrami will talk about the background of the political development in Middle East, the position of  Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq  as well as  the view of  one of the most influential Kurdish political party: Kurdistan Democratic Party. He will also focus on the regional and international relations of the Kurds in the context of ongoing political changes in Middle East in Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq and the prospects as well as challenges ahead.

Further information

www.ksso.org.uk

mc@ksso.org.uk

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