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Developing a NATO Cultural Property Protection Capability

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This chapter describes how NATO can, through developing its own small organic cultural property protection (CPP) expertise and linking to CPP expertise within Member and Partner Nations, quickly and at low cost improve CPP within NATO operations. NATO should play a more prominent role in increasing the effectiveness of CPP activities for several additional specific reasons that speak directly to enhancing NATO's operational effectiveness and training efficiency. One, failure to properly asses the condition of cultural property during and after a conflict can leave NATO open to false accusations of damaging and looting cultural property. Two, sale of looted cultural property provides income for insurgents, criminals and terrorists. Three, demonstrating proper regard for CPP is a major strategic communication tool and can make significant contributions to mission success with minimal investment. Finally, CPP is an excellent vehicle for development of comprehensive approach based interactions and partnerships.

Keywords:counter insurgency; counter terrorism; cultural property protection (CPP); NATO; political-military alliance



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