Chapter

The Meetings

in The Rape of Mesopotamia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226729459
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226729435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226729435.003.0005
The Meetings

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This chapter discusses the postwar planning meetings that aimed to protect the cultural heritage of Iraq during the 2003 invasion. Archaeologist McGuire Gibson highlighted the fact that the United States needs to prevent the likely looting of archaeological sites in accordance with the 1954 Hague Convention. But Office of Stability Operations' Joseph Collins appeared to have prioritized preventing the looting of coalition forces in adding cultural sites to the “no strike” database.

Keywords: postwar planning; 2003 Iraq invasion; cultural heritage; McGuire Gibson; Joseph Collins; looting; archaeological sites; 1954 Hague Convention; coalition forces; no strike database

Chapter.  10803 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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