PESHMERGA: ‘THOSE WHO FACE DEATH’

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PESHMERGA: ‘THOSE WHO FACE DEATH’

16 July @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

SPEAKER: Dr Simon Ross Valentine, author, Peshmerga: ‘Those Who Face Death’

Before the invasion of northern Iraq by ISIS in 2014 few people in the West knew where Kurdistan was as a region, and even fewer had heard of the Peshmerga as a fighting force. This has now changed.

With the appearance of ISIS, the Peshmerga were catapulted onto the world stage as a courageous and capable military force and the main contributor to the downfall of Islamic State.

At regular intervals over the past three years, Dr Simon Valentine has lived with Peshmerga on the front line in Iraq, observing Kurdish strategy and weapons, and evaluating their needs. When undertaking this fieldwork, Dr Valentine interviewed hundreds of Peshmerga – including foot soldiers, leading commanders and generals. He examined the Kurdish struggle for independence as they had Western promises of hope – only then to have to deal with betrayal and disappointment. This research culminated in the publication of his fourth book ‘Peshmerga, Those Who Face Death’ in April this year.

By kind invitation of the Rt Hon. Joan Ryan MP, The Henry Jackson Society is proud to invite you to an event with Dr Simon Ross Valentine, who will discuss how the Peshmerga developed from tribal militancy to their current position as the guardians of stability in post-ISIS Iraq.

 Dr Simon Ross Valentine, previously an associate lecturer at Bradford University, works as a freelance religious consultant specialising in Islamic Studies, particularly Muslim minority groups and political Islam. He is currently a researcher linked with the Institute of Islamic & Strategic Affairs [IISA] and the Pakistan Security & Research Unit [PSRU], University of Durham writing papers on militant Islam in the Asian sub-continent. His field work, carried out in India, Pakistan and Kashmir, culminated in the publication of Islam and the Ahmadiyya Jama’at: History, Belief and Practice in 2008. Research carried out in Saudi Arabia culminated in the publication of Force & Fanaticism: Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia and Beyond (2015). His other main interest, counter-terrorism, has involved seminar work with the West Yorkshire Police Force.

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16 July
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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Free
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Committee Room 8, House of Commons
Westminster
London, SW1A 0AA United Kingdom
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