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Middle East Focus: Antiquities Trafficking and the Battle to Reclaim Cultural Heritage

August 7, 2018

The Antiquities Coalition founder Deborah Lehr recently sat down with Brigadier General Fabrizio Parrulli, head of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, and Paul Salem of the Middle East Institute for a podcast discussing the illicit trade in antiquities and current efforts to combat looting. The Carabinieri has achieved a series of recent successes, including dismantling an international smuggling ring in a sting operation dubbed Operation Demetra. The Antiquities Coalition had the opportunity to host General Parrulli in Washington, DC, where he met with top experts in the field and government officials to explore innovative solutions to halt the illegal antiquities trade and improve multilateral efforts to safeguard cultural heritage.