‘How to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage’ – Prof. Thomas Weiss and Nina Connelly (Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science)

In 2002, the fourth- and fifth-century Buddhas of Bamiyan were dynamited by the Taliban. In 2015, ISIL attacked the ancient city of Palmyra. News outlets brought the world dramatic pictures and helped to reanimate a question that’s been around as long as the phrase, “to the victors go the spoils.” How can we protect the world’s cultural heritage?

A new analysis by Presidential Professor Thomas G. Weiss (Political Science) and Ph.D. candidate Nina Connelly (Political Science) explores the history, politics, and policies governing the destruction and protection of cultural heritage and seeks a framework for potential solutions. “Cultural Cleansing and Mass Atrocities: Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Zones” inaugurates a new series of occasional papers in public policy funded by the J. Paul Getty Trust.  To read more, click here