Heritage Destruction: An Overlooked Conflict Contributor

by Luke Hally The looting of antiquities is a frequently overlooked aspect when considering the variables of conflict causation and continuation. The private market of antiquities is often allowed to operate with less stringent scrutiny than petroleum or rare earth minerals. This lack of scrutiny is present in the most prestigious auction houses, such as Christie’s, as recent as June 2020, with two Igbo statues looted during the Biafran war in Nigeria. It acts as a proxy front for both militant and regime officials to evade sanctions and raise funds…

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