Art forum in NY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2016 Terrorists are using culture as a weapon of war, financing themselves through cultural racketeering, a “Culture Under Threat” forum has heard. Organized by the Antiquities Coalition, Asia Society, and the Middle East Institute, it ran at the Asia Society in New York on the margins of the 71st [...]
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UN Moves to Stop Terrorist Financing — But More Action Needed Deborah Lehr, Contributor Chief Executive Officer, Basilinna; Senior Fellow, The Paulson Institute 03/27/2017 12:00 pm ET U.N. Security Council in Session On Friday, the fifteen members of the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed UNSC 2347, which forcefully condemned the destruction and [...]
Asia Society and Antiquities Coalition Convene Leaders to Promote Protection of Conflict Antiquities
Leading policymakers and experts convened in New York City today to assess the global fight against the destruction and plunder of cultural artifacts in the Middle East and North Africa by ISIS and other violent extremist organizations. The #CultureUnderThreat Forum, organized by the Antiquities Coalition, Asia Society, and the Middle East Institute, was held at [...]
The 5-Year Anniversary of the Capitol Archaeological Institute and the Journey to the Antiquities Coalition
(Left to Right) Dr. Eric H Cline, CAI Director; Steven Knapp, GWU President; Deborah Lehr, CAI and Antiquities Coalition Chairman; Dr. Zahi Hawass, former Minister of Antiquities of Egypt after signing official launch of the Capitol Archaeological Institute on October 7, 2010. By: Katie A. Paul Five years ago this month, a collection [...]
(Left to right): Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and current Head of the Asia Society Policy Institute, and H.E. Dr. Ibrahim al Jaafari, Foreign Minister of Iraq. It was a headline week for the protection of cultural heritage. When leaders from more than 160 countries gathered in New York City last [...]
The Antiquities Coalition strongly commends and supports the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to prosecute Ahmad Al-Mahdi Al Faqi for war crimes — in the first case brought before the ICC on the destruction of cultural property. This landmark decision sends a strong message that the intentional destruction of our shared heritage will not be tolerated and that those who engage in these crimes will [...]