A Future for Our Past: The Istanbul Initiative

June 26, 2004
International Symposium for Redefining the Concept of Cultural HeritageBilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey

Lawrence Kaye spoke at the International Symposium for Redefining the Concept of Cultural Heritage on the topic "Cultural Heritage and Illicit Antiquities."

The Istanbul Initiative was established in 2003 in response to concerns raised by the continuing episodes of cultural destruction that have accompanied armed conflicts in Cambodia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia, and Iraq. The Initiative is comprised of Turkish academics, lawyers, and media professionals who aim to raise international awareness of the destruction of cultural heritage during wartime.