In Conferences
Friday June 27: Conference

Key Bridge Marriott Hotel
(1401 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22209)

Agenda (as of June 23)

➢    9:00 – Session-1- Voices of Middle East Christian Minorities – Chair: Magdi Khalil, Writer and analyst; Coptic Solidarity Board Member

–  MECHRIC- Affiliated Organizations (*) from

      • Syria
      • Iraq
      • Lebanon

–    Dr. Essam Eskander, Philosophy professor and political writer

–    Ms. Marina Shalabi, researcher at WINEP

➢    10:30     Break

➢    11:00    Panel- Strategies – Internal & International Roles – Chair Ann Buwalda, Exec Director Jubilee USA

–    General (ret.) Robert Scales,
military analyst, news commentator, and author; former commandant of the U.S. Army War College.

–    Mr. David Schenker, Director, Arab Political Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policies

–    Dr. Graeme Bannerman, President, Bannerman & Associates, former Midlle East Policy Staff, Department of State

–     Q&A

➢    12:30     Lunch break

13:30     Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Troia (“KT”) McFarland, Fox News National Security Analyst, a former Pentagon Spokesperson (1981-84)

➢    14:30      Session: The Role of NGOs – Chair Lindsay Vessey, Advocacy Director, CS

–    Ms. Katherine Gorka, President, Council on Global Security

–    Mr. Peter Bhatti, Chairman, Intl. Christian Voice (and brother of the slain Pakistani minister)

–    Mr. Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

–    Mr. Mark Ohanian, Director of Programs, IOCC

–    Ms. Sarah Fitch-Roderick, Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights.

–    Q&A

17:00         E N D

(*) Participating members of MECHRIC:

– The World Maronite Union
– Syriac National Council of Syria
– European Syrian Union
– Melkite Catholics
– Assyrian American National Federation
– Iraqi Christians Advocacy and Empowerment Institute (ICAE)

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