Keynote speakers and schedule

13:30 – Opening

Karl Vanlouwe. Member of the Belgian Senate.


13:45 – The Kurdish question in Syria and the role of Turkey

Khaled Issa. Spokesperson for the Party for a Democratic Union (PYD) in Syria/West Kurdistan.

Dogan Özgüden. Chief editor of “Info-turk”


14:30 – The role of the Media and international actors and their allies

Ludo de Brabander. Middle-east expert for Vrede (Flemish Peace movement).

Rudi Vranckx. Middle-east analyst of the Flemish Public Broadcasting (VRT).


15:45 – Closing remarks

Salih Muslim. Co-President of the Party for a Democratic Union (PYD) in Syria/West Kurdistan.

Bernard Kouchner. French minister for Foreign affairs 2007-2010 and founder of ‘Médecins sans frontières’



When: Friday 22 November 2013, from 13:30 to 17:00 Where: Belgian Senat, 7 Rue de Louvain, 1000 Brusels.


Interpretation will be provided in English, French, Dutch and Kurdish.



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This conference is a joint initiative of the Kurdish Institute of Brussels, Senator Karl Vanlouwe and the Centre Maurits Coppieters.


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