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Diplomatic Tools for Preserving Our Shared History
Bilateral agreements (Memorandums of Understanding/ MOUs) between the United States and foreign governments are instrumental in combating cultural racketeering, urging mutual cooperation, and providing technical assistance, financial support and more.
Explore how MOUs stop criminal activity at America’s borders and cut off a source of terrorist financing:
The United States remains the world’s largest single market for arts and antiquities— 29.5% of the global total.
It also remains highly unregulated — thus dangerously susceptible to trafficking, money laundering, and even terrorist financing. The money made from the sale of looted antiquities can fund a terror organization or terror attack 10 times over, which doesn’t begin to convey the cost of damage done to the history, people, and culture of the looted areas.
See how conflict antiquities are financing terrorist activity:
Cultural racketeering is especially prominent in poor countries or countries marred by conflict. The cost of trafficking looted works is not only monetary; it is felt by the home country and by all of us as a destruction of our shared heritage.
Explore our examples of countries deeply affected by this cultural racketeering: