Threats to Religious and Ethnic Minorities under the Islamic State

To inform policymakers about the continuing travail of religious and ethnic minorities threatened by the Islamic State, and to galvanize long-term thinking about addressing this crisis, the Religious Freedom Project hosted a daylong conference at Georgetown University. During the conference, representatives of the targeted communities shared their personal experiences of religious persecution and their recommendations for policymakers. They were joined by distinguished policymakers, activists, and scholars. 
This event was supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom. 


9:00-9:30 a.m. | Welcome 
Thomas Farr and Knox Thames

9:30-11:00 a.m. | Religious & Ethnic Leaders’ Perspectives
Father Behnam Benoka, Mar Awa Royel, Breen Tahseen, and Naomi Kikoler (moderator)

11:15-12:45 p.m. | 
Advocacy and Civil Society Perspectives
Murad Ismael, Rajab Assi Kareem, Mona Malik, Ali A. Zainalabdeen, and Eliza Griswold (moderator)

1:00-2:00 p.m. | Keynote Address: Ambassador David Saperstein

2:00-3:30 p.m. | International Perspectives
Kent Hill, Sherri Talabany, Christine van den Toorn, and Stephen Colecchi (moderator)

3:45-5:15 p.m. | Post-Liberation: Promises and Challenges
Mohammed Al-Abdallah, Bassam Ishak, Saad Salloum, Pascale Warda, and Robert A. Destro (moderator)

5:15-5:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks

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