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The API announces Virtual Conference

The Assyrian Policy Institute is excited to announce the 2020 API Virtual Conference, which will bring together leaders, policymakers, academics, advocates, and activists from around the world for a two-day innovative conference focused on pathways to a sustainable future for Assyrians in the countries that form their traditional homeland. The all-virtual conference will take place on November 21-22, 2020, offering live sessions, on-demand content, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and more.

The API Virtual Conference will feature selected timely and critical sessions that address the challenges faced by Assyrians today and equip attendees with the information and tools they need to help amplify the voices of Assyrians struggling to maintain their rights.

“We’re thrilled to be able to host a virtual conference this year that will provide a platform for thought leaders, speakers, and interested stakeholders to engage, participate and connect on a number of different issues facing Assyrians in the Middle East”, said Jon Koriel, Chairman of the Assyrian Policy Institute. “We’re hopeful that the panels and conversations will provide our attendees with the tools and resources they’ll need to be better engaged and better prepared to understand our current challenges. I’m looking forward to hearing all of the proactive conversations and how we can all help define the next ideas and opportunities to benefit our community.”

The live panel sessions will feature scheduled Q&A between speakers and presenters, as well as attendee discussion boards. An activist workshop will create the space for attendees to creatively strategize, identify priorities, and collectively develop action plans. Concurrent to these sessions, additional content will be available for on-demand viewing, and a virtual exhibition hall will create the space to showcase the important work done by other Assyrian organizations.

“Delivering a virtual conference is a challenging and necessary action during the ongoing pandemic in order to keep important conversations moving forward. We want to provide an opportunity for Assyrians and allies all over the world to connect and attend to critical issues,” said API Director Reine Hanna. “While everything in our lives is seemingly on hold, our mission to advance the rights of Assyrians remains a priority. This vulnerable community simply does not have the luxury of time.”

The API’s virtual conference fosters continued growth and engagement for activists and will support key discourse on issues impacting Assyrians. Details regarding the opportunities that the event offers to all attendees will be released in the coming days and weeks. For more information about the API Virtual Conference, visit:

About the Assyrian Policy Institute

Founded in May 2018, the Assyrian Policy Institute works to support Assyrians as they struggle to maintain their rights to the lands they have inhabited for thousands of years, their ancient language, equal opportunities in education and employment, and to full participation in public life. For questions and media inquiries, contact us via email at


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