Online discussion to be held on the Yazidi genocide, post-genocide recovery and recognition

Ten Years On: Assessing Yazidi Recovery from Genocide - Resilience Amidst Challenges, moderated by Khatchig Mouradian

Yazidi commemoration of the genocide on August 3, 2014 in Diyarbakir (Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK—On Wednesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. (ET), the Institute for Security Analysis invites you to an online discussion about the recovery journey of the Yazidi community since the genocide, emphasizing persistent challenges and ongoing threats in Sinjar.

On the agenda:

  • anticipated closure of IDP camps in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)
  • campaign to rescue abducted Yazidis
  • legal initiatives to prosecute genocide perpetrators in Europe
  • efforts to rebuild communal capacity and advance global recognition of the Yazidi genocide

Distinguished speakers:

Pari Ibrahim, executive director of the Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), established FYF in August 2014 to support Yezidi survivors of the ISIS-perpetrated genocide. The foundation’s core values include advocating for women’s rights, justice for gender-based and sexual violence and the rights of ethno-religious minorities. Pari advocates for equal opportunities and rights for Yezidis and promotes women’s empowerment and gender equality in Iraq. Pari has represented FYF at prestigious platforms such as the United Nations Security Council, British Parliament. She holds a law degree from the University of Amsterdam.

Murad Ismael, president of Sinjar Academy, completed his education in Iraqi Kurdistan and earned master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering and Geophysics from Norwich University and the University of Houston. Following the 2014 ISIS genocide against the Yazidis, he co-founded the Sinjar Crisis Management Team and was part of a delegation that secured U.S. intervention, resulting in airstrikes on ISIS and humanitarian airdrops for Yazidis on Mount Sinjar. Murad co-founded the Yazda organization and the Nadia Initiative and now serves as president of Sinjar Academy, an educational initiative. He has traveled globally to advocate for the Yazidi cause and served as Yazda’s executive director for four years.

Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, executive director of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention, is a distinguished expert in genocide studies, gender issues and the history of colonialism. She has held prestigious positions as the Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College and as the Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University. Elisa earned her BA in history from Columbia University and her MA and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. Her extensive knowledge and research contribute significantly to the fields of genocide prevention and gender studies.

Khatchig Mouradian is a lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University, and the Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress. He also serves as co-principal investigator of the project on Armenian Genocide Denial at the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study. Mouradian is the author of the award-winning monograph The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1918 (2021). He is also the co-editor of After the Ottomans: Genocide’s Long Shadow and Armenian Resilience (2023) and The I.B.Tauris Handbook of the Late Ottoman Empire: History and Legacy (forthcoming in 2024).

Please provide your public questions for review and consideration via email. You can register for the event here. Watch the discussion online on June 12, 6:30 p.m. (ET) here.

For more information, call Ara Araz at 917-837-1297 or email

Established in 2023, the Institute for Security Analysis (ISA) is a prominent research institute specializing in national security and foreign policy. ISA’s research areas focus on geopolitical developments, security and defense affairs and hybrid warfare.

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