Next month, the Hudson Institute will host an important event in New York, “The Islamic State’s Religious Cleansing and the Urgency of the Strategic Response.” The event, to be held on May 7, features Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Professor Walter Russell Mead; other speakers include Kirsten Powers, Samuel Tadros, and me. Here’s a description:

Nearly a year after the Islamic State swept through northern Iraq and enforced its convert-or-die ultimatum, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians and members of other ancient religions remain in encampments in Kurdistan and neighboring countries. They subsist on international humanitarian aid and their children lack access to education. Many are losing hope of ever returning to their homes and, with few options to resettle within the region, many are seeking to leave.

Is there any hope that these Christians and other religious minorities can remain in the Middle East?

I’ll be speaking on the first panel, “Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity: the Islamic State’s Impact on Vulnerable Religious Minority Communities.” Readers of First Things, please stop by and say hello.

For the conference schedule and information about registration, please click here.

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