Monterey Terrorism Research & Education Program

MonTREP Antiquities Conference 2016

Culture in the Crossfire

Abusayef maskOn March 4, 2016, we hosted Culture in the Crossfire: The Security and Policy Implications of the Trafficking and Destruction of Antiquities, at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies.

The conflicts in Syria and Iraq, coupled with the rise of the Islamic State (IS), have brought renewed attention to the plight of cultural heritage in the Middle East and throughout the world. The trafficking and destruction of antiquities funds armed groups and organized crime, while also fulfilling the ideological goals of extremists. Without efforts to protect cultural heritage, it is likely that irreplaceable losses to our shared history will continue unabated.

The goal of this conference was to accurately portray the global scale of these problems and to propose tangible policy solutions for the public and private sectors to address these phenomena.

Thanks to all conference sponsors, supporters and volunteers

The conference was a major success!

Review Conference Agenda here

Conference Highlights via Twitter: #CultureinCrossfire2016

This Conference was generously sponsored by:

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