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Collapse and Rebirth of Cultural Heritage

The Case of Syria and Iraq


Edited By Lorenzo Kamel

Cultural heritage and illicit trafficking in the Middle East are two key topics of our time.  The  book  sheds  light  on  both  aspects,  and  identifies  the  need  to  democratize  cultural heritage, by giving greater control to local communities. It also investigates the link between local hotbeds of conflict and violence in countries such as Syria and Iraq,  as  well  as  war  economics,  transnational  criminal  networks  and  the  politics  of  deliberate destruction and theft of cultural heritage. Finally, the chapters analyze the impact  of  non-violent  and  violent  non-state  actors,  fragile  states,  forced  migration,  environmental  degradation,  as  well  as  how  local  and  international  institutions  have  reacted to the dramatic events which the region and its inhabitants have experienced in recent years
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Francesco Bandarin is an Architect and Urban Planner. He has been Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre (2000–2010) and UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture (2010–2018). He is currently Special Advisor of Special Advisor of the Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and Senior Advisor of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

Stefano de Martino is Professor of Hittitology at the University of Turin; he is Director of Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l’Asia and has collaborated to the renovation of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad.

Ettore Greco is Executive Vice President of the IAI and also Head of the Multilateralism and Global Governance Programme of the institute. He was Director of the IAI from 2008 to 2017.

Lorenzo Kamel is Associate Professor of History at the University of Turin and director of IAI’s Research Studies. He taught in several universities in Europe, the US, and the Middle East, and was a Postdoc Fellow at Harvard University for two years, and a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Elijah J. Magnier is a veteran war-zone correspondent and political analyst with over 38 years’ experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Extended fieldwork in Lebanon, Bosnia, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Syria, created his extensive network of trusted military and political contacts. Magnier specializes in real-time...

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