On September 24, 2015 the Antiquities Coalition in cooperation with the Asia Society, Middle East Institute, and UNESCO hosted the #CultureUnderThreat Forum at the Asia Society headquarters in New York. The forum titled: “Culture Under Threat: The Security, Economic, and Cultural Impact of Antiquities Trafficking and Terrorist Financing,” brought together Foreign Ministers from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Australia and other senior government officials from around the world along with leaders of arts institutions, archaeological associations, and experts in terrorism. The forum was held to address solutions to combatting the looting and trafficking of antiquities, and halt a major source of funding for terrorism.

The coordinated appeal from government leaders and experts resulted in the issuing of a Call to Action to combat looting and protect culture under threat. The forum builds on the May 2015 Cairo Declaration, signed by Ministers from ten Middle East and North African countries, that outlined a regional strategy to combat the trafficking of looted antiquities and its links to terrorist financing.

Watch the #CultureUnderThreat Video Series

The Antiquities Coalition is launching its second videos series on the 2015 New York Forum, #CultureUnderThreat. This series features international experts offering solutions to and analysis of cultural racketeering and the connections to terrorist financing. The interviews were conducted during the New York Forum on September 24, 2015 in New York City.

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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 [...]

By | October 16th, 2015|

Heritage in the Headlines During UNGA

(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 [...]

By | October 1st, 2015|

Culture Under Threat and Digital Libraries

Culture Under Threat and Digital Libraries By Charles Henry  “Terrorists are afraid of history; history delegitimizes them,” Nasser Judeh, deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs of Jordan, said, quoting his son, a graduate [...]

By | October 1st, 2015|

In Support of the ICC’s War Crimes Case on Heritage Destruction

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 [...]

By | September 30th, 2015|

Antiquities Coalition Partners with UNESCO, Italy, and Jordan on New Initiative

The Antiquities Coalition is pleased to join our partners Italy and Jordan on their new initiative to protect cultural heritage from terrorists and traffickers, which was launched this Sunday at the 70th Session of the [...]

By | September 29th, 2015|

“Extremists Are Intimidated by History Because it De-legitimizes Them”

HE Nasser Judeh, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. By: Peter Herdrich, Co-Founder, The Antiquities Coalition This quote is one of the best explanations to a seemingly [...]

By | September 28th, 2015|