Jason Lyall, associate professor of political science and a member of the Jackson faculty, gave a multimedia presentation on “How Antiquities Fuel Modern Conflicts” Tuesday, April 12 in Horchow Hall. This lecture was part of the U.N. Global Colloquium of University Presidents being hosted at Yale.
The rise of a black market trade in antiquities, along with the destruction of cultural heritage sites, have combined to fuel violence in modern conflicts around the world. Drawing on examples from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, among others, Lyall explored the relationship between cultural destruction and cycles of violence and victimization in modern conflicts. He focused on how states and rebel groups target heritage sites to punish their opponents even as they engage in widespread looting to finance these campaigns of destruction.