Event: Film Showing and Panel Discussion

The Center for the Study of Statesmanship cordially invites you to the first event in our film series:


The Middle East Through Christian Eyes

“The Last Plight” / “Silence After the Storm”

By Syrian-American Director Sargon Saadi

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7-9 P.M.

McGivney Auditorium, McGivney Hall

Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC


Please join us for the first event in a film series highlighting the plight of Christian communities in the Middle East. This first showing features two short films, “The Last Plight,” filmed in Iraq, and “Silence After the Storm,” which focuses on ISIS’ assault on the indigenous Assyrian community in Syria.

Following the screenings, we will have remarks from Sargon Saadi and a panel discussion with:

Ninar Keyrouz, Film Producer, CSS Visiting Fellow, and Senior Advisor, In Defense of Christians

Edmund Ghareeb, Senior Scholar, the Jerusalem Fund

Gil Barndollar, CSS Military Fellow-in-Residence and Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest


Ninar Keyrouz is a film producer, writer, and media and communications specialist with 20 years of experience in broadcast, advertising, and digital media in the U.S. and the Middle East. She is the producer of the award-winning feature documentary Our Last Stand and serves as a Senior Advisor with In Defense of Christians (IDC).

With IDC, Ninar helped establish the advocacy group’s brand in Washington DC in less than four years, successfully raising awareness about the plight of Christians in the Middle East among American national mainstream and Catholic media. She led major media campaigns and events which were key to the US Genocide Designation of ISIS crimes against Christians in Syria and Iraq, as well as the passing of legislation in support of Christians in Syria, Iraq, and Egypt.
Ninar is a graduate of the Lebanese American University in Lebanon with a degree in Film and Television. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and speaks Assyrian (modern Aramaic).


Edmund Ghareeb was the American University’s Center for Global Peace’s first Mustafa Barzani Distinguished Scholar of Global Kurdish Studies and was a professor of Middle East history and politics in the School of International Service at American University. He is currently a Senior Scholar at the Jerusalem Fund.

Dr. Ghareeb is an internationally recognized expert on the Kurds, Iraq, the Middle East and media issues. His books include “The Kurdish Nationalist Movement” and “The Kurdish Question in Iraq”. He is the co-author of the Historical Dictionary of Iraq and of “War in the Gulf 1990-1991” and the author of “Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media”. Dr. Ghareeb also worked as a journalist for many years and has been widely interviewed by major American, Arab, European and Asian media outlets.


Gil Barndollar is the Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest. His writing has been published in USA Today, The American Conservative, the Marine Corps Gazette, The National Interest, Defense News, and US Naval Institute Proceedings.

From August 2009 to December 2016, Dr. Barndollar served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, as a light armored reconnaissance platoon commander and as a combat advisor with the Georgian Army. He also led a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoon during deployments to Guantanamo Bay and the Persian Gulf. He currently serves as an infantry officer in the Rhode Island Army National Guard.

Dr. Barndollar holds an AB in history from Bowdoin College and MPhil and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Keasbey Scholar.

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