Monthly Archives: January 2013

Concessions and Conflict over Cultural Property

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. Events of the past week have clearly illustrated two distinct issues of conflict and cultural property–conflict over ownership of antiquities and the destruction of monuments in political and armed conflict. The week … Continue reading

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Q&A: How to Save the Arts in Times of War

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. It seems possible that great strides can and will be made in the on-going endeavor to develop new and more effective methods for ensuring cultural security. Dr. Laurie W. Rush (Ph.D., RPA, … Continue reading

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Sanctions + local art market = cultural diplomacy

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. An expanding base of art collectors worldwide holds potential for cultural diplomacy. The head of Christie’s reaffirmed that the continued success of the art market will not depend on the “one percent” … Continue reading

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Mali, Syria, and Yemen: Cultural Heritage and International Security

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. The escalating conflict in Mali continues to threaten the security of cultural heritage sites. In response, Irina Bokova, the General Director of UNESCO, repeated calls for protection such as in April and … Continue reading

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Update on Mali: French Troops Intervene

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. Mali’s plea for aid was finally answered: last Friday, French troops intervened. Journalists Adam Nossiter and Eric Schmitt from The New York Times report that French forces engaged in a concentrated battle … Continue reading

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Nigeria: Benin Bronzes, Nok terracotta statues, and Otobong Nkanga

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. Nigeria has experience in the politics and security of cultural property and the economic potential of contemporary art. With a history of looting from colonialism through the Cold War era and into … Continue reading

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23 Artifacts Stolen in 90 Seconds

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. Last Saturday (January 5th) 23 rare Chinese artifacts were stolen from the Bergens Industrial Arts Museum in Norway. The art heist lasted 90 seconds. According to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, Erlend Hoyersten, … Continue reading

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