Understanding the ISIS Threat
Monday, September 29, 2014
Cannon Caucus Room: 304 Cannon House Office Building
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
How is ISIS impacting policy and living circumstances in Iraq and Syria? A conference cosponsored by SRW and MPAC will explore this important question. This briefing will focus on U.S. policy to degrade and defeat ISIS including the recent air strikes in Syria targeting ISIS, and addressing the issue of Americans traveling abroad to fight with terrorist groups. The briefing will also focus on the persecuted communities targeted by ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.
Two panels’ discussions will focus on policy and on-ground experiences of Iraqi targeted populations. Well known policy experts and researchers are gathered to share their perspectives about the impact of ISIS in Middle East. Also native Iraqi Shia, Christian and Ezidi will share their experiences as members of targeted population by ISIS.
Panel One: Assessing U.S. Policy
- Jomana Qaddour: Leader of Caerus’ research and analysis initiatives focusing on the Middle East and Northern Africa
- William McCants: Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of its Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
- Imam Mohamed Magid: Executive Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
Panel Two: Testimonies from Persecuted Communities
- Dakhil Shammo Elias: Director of the American Ezidi Center.Ezidi journalist, writer and editor and host in Voice of America TV and radio programs.
- Martin Manna: The President of The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and the Chaldean Community Foundation and one of the founders and publishers of The Chaldean News. Martin is a Director and helps coordinate the affairs of the Nineveh Council of America, an advocacy group for Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities.
- Kadhim Al-Waeli: Political Activist and social media Analyst.