We are pleased to announce the formation of the Assyrian Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
At the beginning of my tenure as Director of the organization, I feel it is important that I share my initial thoughts as we prepare to confront together the challenges of coming years.
I am proud to be part of a team of passionate Assyrian professionals which includes our Chairman Jon Koriel, Vice Chair Stephanie Yousif, Alan Mooshekh, Amanda Slefo, Waleeta Canon, and Max J. Joseph. I am grateful for this new opportunity to work alongside these individuals to ensure that Assyrians struggling to maintain their rights can make their voices heard.
There are no words that can quite capture how difficult a period this is for Assyrians. We are all painfully aware of the ongoing challenges facing Assyrians in the homeland—exemplified by the serious electoral injustice that occurred in this weekend’s minority quota election in Iraq.
It is the awareness of the spirit of Assyrian perseverance that has made it possible for our team, as well as many others, not to be discouraged by the many difficulties that we encounter as a people.
Our work will focus on fostering public awareness about issues affecting Assyrians in their ancestral lands, guiding U.S. policy on matters related to Assyrians in countries like Iraq and Syria, and publishing authoritative reports that are valuable to academics and policymakers.
We look forward to working with our partner organizations in the United States and abroad to advance our shared mission to secure a sustainable future for Assyrians in their homeland. While the challenges before us are enormous and complex, the priorities are clear and we will not be deterred.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.