2017: What’s on the Horizon

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. The evolution of wartime threats to cultural property is increasingly driving concern for cultural security. Archaeological sites are looted both for money and to erase cultural heritage, and fundamentalist groups are targeting … Continue reading

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Preventing Violent Extremism through Cultural Security

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. Protection of cultural heritage holds relevance for initiatives of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE). In particular, initiatives intended to preempt radicalization of vulnerable communities reference fundamental social, educational, … Continue reading

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Mosul

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. The long-awaited military offensive to reclaim the northern Iraqi city Mosul from the Islamic State is under way. As the last major ISIS stronghold this offensive is of paramount importance. Today, an … Continue reading

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Cultural Heritage and Economic Interests

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. Protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is the latest in nation-wide movements against the development of infrastructure for the transport of oil and gas. Many of the social and legal initiatives … Continue reading

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Destruction of cultural property is tried as a criminal case

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. A recent BBC News article stated, “An Islamist militant has admitted destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu, Mali [in 2012], in a landmark trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).” The article further … Continue reading

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‘Brexit’ and the Art Market

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. The past few weeks have been fraught with turmoil as we speculate on what the implications of Brexit will be for the UK and for the EU. Without a doubt Britain’s vote … Continue reading

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Art As Bullion

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. Art sales have shown time and again the veritable value of artwork. According to the TEFAF 2016 report global art sales reached $68.2 billion in 2014 and $63.8 billion in 2015–a year … Continue reading

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A Case for the Cultural Property Case Resource (CPCR)

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. Concerns about the revenues that terrorist groups may derive from the trade in antiquities emphasize the growing significance of culture property in international security. Among other implications, the concerns illuminate two important … Continue reading

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Technology & Art Crime

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. In our quest to locate, preserve, and secure cultural property we have lauded advancements in technology. A premier example is Dr. Sarah H. Parcak’s use of infrared imagery from satellites to uncover … Continue reading

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“Business Looms Larger in Art Classes”

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This post originally appeared on the Cultural Security Blog. In light of the record-breaking prices that have become the norm in auction houses it should come as no surprise that schools are offering courses tailored towards buying and selling artwork. In … Continue reading

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