The Case of Syria and Iraq
Edited By Lorenzo Kamel
Introduction (Lorenzo Kamel)
On 17 October 2019, the Rectorate Hall of the University Turin hosted a New-Med conference entitled ‘Cultural Heritage and Illicit Trafficking in a Fragmented Middle East’. The meeting, organized jointly by the University of Turin’s Department of Historical Studies and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), relied upon the cooperation and support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Some twenty-four international renowned scholars, head of museums, practitioners, and policy makers from eleven countries gathered to analyze the dramatic events that have affected cultural heritage in Middle Eastern countries in recent years. Speakers also focused on the human dimension of this tragedy and shed light on projects seeking to renew cultural heritage in the region, including museums, archaeological excavations and the restoration of damaged monuments.
This edited volume builds on some of the results of that successful conference and aims primarily to raise awareness of cultural heritage, with particular focus on the Iraqi and Syrian contexts.
To this end, Chapter 1, by Elijah J. Magnier, Al-Rai chief correspondent and veteran war correspondent, provides the regional background and sheds light on the main roots of the process of destabilization that has affected several countries of the Middle East in recent years. The author, who has worked in war zones in the region...
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