Lecture explores challenges facing Middle East’s Kurds in quest for self- determination

Posted: January 22, 2018 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Chris Kilford is a 36 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, and a noted expert on defence and foreign policy issues.
Dr. Chris Kilford is a 36 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, and a noted expert on defence and foreign policy issues. Photo courtesy of Alison Kilford

The University of Regina will host an important discussion on the movement toward Kurdish independence in the Middle East on January 24.

Kilford Lecture

In partnership with the South Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian International Council, the Faculty of Arts will present Keeping Up With The Kurds: The Drive Toward Self-Determination in the War-Torn Middle East’.

Presented by Dr. Chris Kilford, Fellow with the Queen’s University Centre for International Defence and Policy, the talk will explore the challenges facing the Iraqi Kurdish people, who are often referred to as “the largest ethnic group without a state”.

While there had been optimism surrounding the possibility of a Kurdish Spring, according to Kilford these hopes appear bleak in the wake of recent events. Not the least of these is a vigorous backlash following the September 2017 referendum, in which the vast majority of Kurds voted for independence.

Kilford is a 36 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, having served throughout Canada, Germany, Afghanistan, and Turkey in various command, instructional and staff roles. He is likewise a noted expert and commentator on Canadian defence and foreign policy issues, as well as Turkey and the Middle East.

In his lecture at the University of Regina, Kilford will explore what he thinks the political future could hold for the Kurdish people in the Middle East.

Says Nilgun Önder, Associate Dean of Arts (Research and Graduate) and co-organizer of the event: “Dr. Kilford’s talk addresses a major political issue that affects not only the entire Middle East and beyond, but also has significant implications for the international political system as a whole”.  

Event:     Keeping Up With The Kurds: The Drive Toward Self-Determination
                in a War-Torn Middle East
Date:       Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time:       7:00 PM
Location:  Research and Innovation Centre, room 119. The University of Regina main campus

Free parking will be available on campus in Lot 1M. All are welcome to this free event and no registration is required.