|Countering Looting of Antiquities of Antiquities from Syria and Iraq Project
In 2017 The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TracCCC) at George Mason University received the State Department Bureau of Counterterrorism Grant for Research and Training on Illicit Markets for Iraqi and Syrian Art and Antiquities. See their website here.
The CLASI project’s goals are to:
1. Analyze the illicit trade in looted cultural property from Iraq and Syria with a particular emphasis on links to terrorist finance;
2. Develop information aimed at enabling law enforcement to investigate, interdict, and designate organizations and individuals involved in the trafficking; and
3. Use this information to develop training materials for law enforcement in partner nations.
At the present time, they are at the analysis stage using our multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual team to help us do the study. We are also supported by a group of data analyst specialists who have significant experience in the Middle East.
The Antiquities Coalition explored the CLASI Project with Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) Director, Dr. Louise Shelley, here.