The Asia Society hosted an event in New York on September 16 including the Antiquities Coalition and the Middle East Institute, addressing culture under threat.
The Forum brought together intergovernmental bodies, governments, law enforcement agencies, the armed forces, and business. A discussion moderated by ABC News’ Jon Williams focused on how these varied sectors can work together to combat the growing use of historical and cultural artifacts as a terrorist financing tool. The event also explored what has been learned in the past year about this illicit trade in “blood antiquities” — including the US government’s revelation that ISIS has made antiquities transactions totalling $1.25 million over just three months.
A list of speakers is available here.