Repatriating Part of Saddam Statue Could Promote Democracy

U.S. Should Consider Strategic Protection of Cultural Artifacts

Published in: The Chicago Tribune, Commentary, June 7, 2012

Posted on RAND.org on June 01, 2012

by Erik Nemeth

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A comment on proactive protection of cultural property in regions of conflict as an underutilized opportunity for political diplomacy, if not outright negotiation. Proactive protection and repatriation of artworks and artifacts can demonstrate respect for another nation's heritage when the chaos of conflict obscures the value of cultural identity.

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