Events include conferences, working groups, academic symposia, and lectures that are open to both military and civilians. Forthcoming events logistics should include dates, places, times, contact infomation, descriptions, website links, maps, etc.


CHAMP Colloquium at AIA Annual Meeting, in  New Orleans, LA on 8-11 Jan 2015.

CHAMP will host a colloquium on “Building Capacity For Global Cultural Property Protection,” with examples from several countries and sites.  Come meet fellow CHAMP members and learn what everyone is doing!

Early registration for the convention is now open! You will receive a discount on the convention rate as well as on the hotel rate.  Register HERE.


CyArk’s upcoming Annual Summit will be taking place at the National Archives in Washington DC on October 7-8:

 The overarching theme is the “Democratization of Cultural Heritage: Enabling access to information, technology and support”, and one of our many exciting speakers is CHAMP member, Corine Wegener. CyArk will also be speaking about our 500 Challenge and our criteria for selecting cultural heritage sites to be digitally preserved: risk, cultural significance, and technical merit.


Please join the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution 2014 Meeting as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, Harry Ettlinger, WW II Monuments Men will be our keynote speaker complimented by an exciting lineup of subject matter experts and practitioners (see attached agenda). The meeting will be on Friday, September 19, 2014, 1:00-5:30 p.m.,Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, 700 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560.

 Attendance is FREE, but seating is limited so please register no later than Friday, September 12th, 2014 by emailing You’ll need these attachments: Meeting Agenda and Registration Form. Same day walk-ins are allowed if seating is available. Please call Theresa Sims at 703-595-8190 for more information. See you there!

 Theresa F. Sims
Executive Assistant
US Committee of the Blue Shield
703-595-8190 (c)


Once again, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, we invite you to participate in the 6th Annual workshop of the Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Action Group (C-CHAG) which will be held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 18th, 2014, from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Archives of the American Art Conference Room, Smithsonian Institution, Victor Building, (9th and H Streets). 

Workshop will include presentations on cultural property information for members of military organizations in order to support efforts to plan,train,and educate for cultural property protection as a critical component of successful military operations, both during conflict and disaster response.

CCHAG Membership is completely voluntary! Group members include archaeologists, museum and heritage professionals, military engineers, cultural resource managers, cartographers, linguists, educators, lawyers, and military officers. Many members also have professional affiliations with eminent universities, federal agencies, and non-­governmental organizations, including the Department of Defense, the Smithsonian, State Department, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial Administration, and the US Committee of the Blue Shield.

For more information or to RSVP, contact:

***Please consider also attending the SI-­USCBS Annual Meeting, also being held at the Smithsonian Institution, on Friday, September 19, 2014. For more information, contact For more information, contact


 The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is delighted to announce that  during September and October 2014 we will be holding our annual Advanced IHL  courses delivered in Spanish, English, and French languages. The subjects  covered on each course are different but all are focussed at the advanced level and designed for military and civilian lawyers and operators.



Building Sustainable Peace and Security—the Lessons of Northern Ireland, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands. Panel Discussion was held Thursday June 26, 2014, 3:00-5:00pm at the Henry L. Stimson Center, 1111 19th St. NW Washington DC, 12th floor

Report on discussion:

On June 26, 2014, a panel presentation that represented the second of three installments of research findings and feedback collection from peace, stability, and security community stakeholders. The well attended event at the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. drew a crowd of approximately 50 participants from some of the most prominent and active GOs, NGOs, and private industry security professionals. Among the panel’s attendees, were representatives from DoS, DoD, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), USIP, and Booz Allen Hamilton, to name a few. Even the Counsellor/Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau, the Honorable Mr. Norman Houston, attended the event. Unfortunately, Dr. Anna Powels, one of the effort’s researchers and coauthors, was not able to present her findings on Solomon Islands and Timor Leste due to having recently contracted a virus while working in Brunei.

In spite of this setback, the event was well received and generated lively feedback and thought provoking insight that the book team captured and will include in its final report along with other research findings. Capturing this feedback from the communities of interest surrounding these issues is critical to the effort of addressing the problem of how we can collectively help partner nations build and maintain sustainable capacity to address common security challenges. Both in recents statements at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and in Presidential Policy Directive 23, the U.S. President has acknowledged the importance of efforts such as this one. In fact, a large part of the question and answer discussion during the presentation revolved around the issues currently at-hand in the world as the list of transitional countries sliding back towards widespread violence seems to be growing, not shrinking. Such examples are hard to ignore given they are in the news almost daily. They include Yemen, Libya, Egypt, South Sudan, Nigeria, and now, Iraq. While the template for transition out of violent conflict into stable, sustainable peace, remains elusive, the book team believes the final report that will result from their collective efforts and input from the communities of interest will go a long way in answering questions and providing principles that practitioners should consider when involved in this type of work.

Finally, the third and last panel is scheduled for late October/early November. That panel will roll out observations and recommendations on the ‘how to’ part of this project. It will introduce those universal themes and overriding principles that peace, stability, and security practitioners will want to consider when tackling these tough problems. In the end, the goal is to inform the community of professionals involved in this type of work how, when actually making things better seems far fetched, they can at a bare minimum avoid the common pitfalls associated with worsening already bad situations.

For more information on the event please contact David Alpher, Washington Associate for Saferworld.


Announcement and invitation To the International Conference on Archeology 2015 :  Ancient Cultures in the Lands of the Bible (Jerusalem, June 2015)

And a call for Abstracts: The scientific committee of the conference invites experts to submit abstracts on the conference topics. The list of topics is presented on the conference web-site:

More details on the conference are available on the site:


Join technology, cultural heritage, and philanthropic leaders at The National Archives in Washington DC on October 7-8th for the 2014 CyArk Annual Summit on “Democratizing cultural heritage: Enabling access to information, technology and support.”

Register now to lock in the early bird rates.

At our Annual Summit, government ministers, corporate executives, diplomats, scholars, and heritage professionals gather to learn about the ways new technologies are benefiting and augmenting heritage preservation. We had an incredible response to our event last year (see recap) and already have great support for this year with establishing event sponsors Iron Mountain, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Trimble, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation helping us make it a very special event.

CyArk selected The National Archives to host the 2014 CyArk 500 Annual Summit because of our shared interest in preserving and making available important historical records. The event will feature an update on the CyArk 500 and presentations from leaders in the field exploring how the democratization of cultural heritage is driving access to information, technology and resources.

Join us in recognizing, preserving, and sharing the sites that embody the history of humanity, in the presence of the records that document the history of a nation.


The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is delighted to announce that on 27th – 31st October 2014 in Sanremo we are delighted to announce we will once again be holding our new specialised course concerned with Naval Operations and the Law.

Click Here to REGISTER

Click Here for the PROGRAMME


The International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) has a strong association with maritime law having sponsored the publication of the Sanremo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea. This text is globally recognised as a key reference book for naval practioners and others. Accordingly, we are delighted that Professor Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg one of the foremost experts in Maritime Law and one of the authors of the Sanremo Manual will be participating in this course together with other subject matter experts from around the world.

The course will seek to examine and understand the legal regime affecting the planning and conduct of Naval Operations across the entire spectrum of conflict providing participants with an opportunity to assess whether legal and operational gaps in the law exist and, if so, what steps could be taken to remedy the situation. Participants will examine the following areas:

a.   Law of the Sea principles relevant to naval operations
b.    International law and the use of force
c.    Rules of Engagement in the maritime context
d.    Maritime claims and disputes
e.    Maritime Law Enforcement
f.     Anti-Piracy operations
g.    Drug Enforcement operations
h.    Terrorism and counter-proliferation issues
i.     Naval Warfare
j.     Peace operations in the maritime domain

The course will include briefings on naval operations and lessons-learned by military Officers and legal advisers who have been involved in such operations. There will also be a number of scenario-based exercises which participants will be expected to participate in.

Participants will be provided with a copy of both the San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea and the Sanremo Rules of Engagement Handbook for use during the course and to retain following course completion.

The teaching methodology used for this course will comprise a combination of central presentations, class discussions and exercises. The focus will be on examining the legal and policy issues facing deployed military and civilian officials in the conduct of Naval Operations.

Interaction between all participants is encouraged as is the development of innovative and practical ways to apply (where applicable) both the spirit of, and obligations created under, IHL.

The registration fee is €900 Euro. This should be remitted before the start of the course, or on arrival in cash or Euro currency cheque. Credit cards are also accepted. The registration fee covers:
– Transfers to/from Nice Airport
– Course materials
– Lunch and coffee breaks on working days
– Welcome Cocktail & Canapés
– Course Dinner
– Photograph, IHL Plaque and Diploma

The registration fee does not cover all other expenses incurred by the participant such as hotel accommodation, laundry or telephone calls, or any other incidentals. Accordingly, Participants bring with them sufficient funds to pay for such expenses or have access to such funds in Sanremo via their bank.

Registrations and administrative questions should be directed to

Colonel James JOHNSTON
Director, IIHL Military Department
International Institute of Humanitarian Law


International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) – International Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) conference being held in Porto, Portugal in Oct.  They have extended the deadline for submission of abstracts to May 15th for the October conference.  For more info go to:

Dear Colleagues,

 We are delighted to announce details of our programme of activities for all the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IHL) courses we have programmed for 2014. You will find below brief details of each of these courses and activities though more information is also available on our website.   POC:  Ms Maria Jonsson –

With regard to our website, we are at present conducting an upgrade in order to make it a more effective and enjoyable experience. This is currently a work in progress but in due course, each course or activity will be detailed on the annual calendar on our home page from which it will be possible to navigate directly to the specific web page relating to the particular course or activity.  On this dedicated page you will be able to view the course/activity programme, details of our instructing staff, and administrative Information as well as being able to access pre-course materials.

We very much hope our 2014 courses are of interest to you and that we will be able to welcome you and / or your colleagues to enjoy the unique “Spirit of Sanremo” with us at some stage in the forthcoming year.


– 24th – 28th March 2014: 13TH COMPETITION FOR MILITARY ACADEMIES (English) [Sanremo]
– 1st – 3rd April 2014: DETAINEE ISSUES WORKSHOP (English) [Sanremo]
– 6th – 9th May 2014: TARGETING: TERRESTRIAL, CYBER & SPACE  (English) [Sanremo]
– 12th -23rd May 2014:  153RD MILITARY COURSE ON THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT (English / Arabic) [Sanremo]
– 12th -23rd May 2014: 154ÈME COURS INTERNATIONAL MILITAIRE SUR LE DROIT DES CONFLITS ARMÉS (French) [Salon De Provence, France]
-27th – 29th May 2104: AFRICA ACCOUNTABILITY COLLOQUIUM (English) [Sanremo]
– 3rd – 5th June 2014: NON INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICT WORKSHOP (English) [Sanremo]
– 16th – 20th June 2104: 10TH CONDUCT OF PEACE OPERATIONS COURSE (English) [Sanremo]
– 4th- 8th August 2014: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT COURSE (English) [Sydney, Australia]
– 8th- 12th September 2014: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT COURSE (English) [Sanremo]
– 8th – 19th September 2014: 155° CURSO SOBRE EL DERECHO DE LOS CONFLICTOS ARMADOS (Spanish/ Portuguese) [Sanremo]
– 22nd – 30th September 2014: 25° CURSO AVANZDO (Spanish) [Sanremo]
– 6th – 10th October 2014: 26TH ADVANCED IHL COURSE (English) [Sanremo]
– 6th – 10th October 2014: 27ÈME COURS AVANCÉ (French) [Sanremo]
– 27th – 31st October 2014: NAVAL OPERATIONS AND THE LAW COURSE (English) [Sanremo]
– 3rd – 14th November 2014: 156TH MILITARY COURSE ON THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT (English / Chinese / Russian) [Sanremo]
– 1st – 5th December 2014: DIRECTORS OF COURSES AND TRAINING IN IHL/LOAC (English/ French) [Sanremo]


Exhibit of Iraq Jewish Material at US National Archives Now Open

According to a very recent report, the exhibit of Iraq Jewish material rescued from decay and disintegration by the United States and originally scheduled to open earlier this month will, it is reported, open today at the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives.  See links below for background. Best call before you go to be sure the exhibit is indeed open. 202-357-5450.


From: “Salima Ikram”


The American University in Cairo Press is pleased to announce a new series to be entitled The AUC History of Ancient Egypt, intended to build incrementally into a comprehensive set of works covering the period from prehistory to the fourth century AD. However, there is no intention to predetermine the volumes be published, but rather to provide an umbrella for a series of authoritative, fully documented, but accessible, treatments of discrete periods of ancient Egyptian history or cross-period historical themes, conforming to a uniform design, yet fully viable as stand-alone volumes.

The target audience embraces scholars, students and informed amateurs. Thus the volumes will not only meet normal academic standards of scholarship, but also will be readable and illustrated as necessary for broader intelligibility. Total length, including notes, captions, and bibliography, is envisaged as ranging from 60,000 to 95,000 words.

We are currently gathering projects for the first wave of volumes, probably to appear from 2016 (with first manuscripts delivered in 2015). If you are interested in publishing something in the series, please get in touch with the General Editors as below.

Aidan Dodson University of Bristol (UK) –

Salima Ikram  American University in Cairo (Egypt) –

General Editors of the AUC History of Ancient Egypt


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives Opens for Research a Collection related to Egyptology

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives announces the availability for research of the Irvine McManus records related to “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition: records from the Exhibition Coordinator of the first “blockbuster” exhibition at the Museum of spectacular items from the boy king’s tomb, on loan from the Cairo Museum in Egypt, which also toured six other American museums from 1977 to 1979. Finding aid link:

This is one of 15 collections of Museum records being arranged, described, and cataloged over 27 months with generous funding from the Leon Levy Foundation. Other collections to be processed include records of past Museum directors and senior staff who were intimately involved in the formation, growth, and leadership of the Museum. They include the Museum’s first salaried director, Luigi Palma di Cesnola; the Museum’s fifth director and proponent of educational programming and public outreach, Francis Henry Taylor; the Museum’s sixth director and head of the U.S. Army’s Museums and Fine Arts and Archives section during World War II, James Rorimer; and Thomas Hoving, best known as the driving force behind the Museum’s “blockbuster” exhibitions during his tenure as director from 1966-1977.

For information about access to the physical materials at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, contact archives@metmuseum or visit our website at

About the Leon Levy Foundation: The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, an investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to support scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.


We are proud to announce The Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Center.

Unlike our other exhibits, project journals, and “in the field” pages that feature one specific project, a “Project Center” acts as a clearing house of sorts and hosts information on numerous sites and includes articles, photos, interactive images, maps, links, reports, and references surrounding a main topic.

Dr. Mark Staniforth and a team of researchers, who have been working in Vietnam for the past few years, created the project center to increase awareness at local, provincial, national and international levels about the extent and nature of Vietnam’s underwater and maritime cultural heritage. The site will present material about a range of maritime archaeology projects as well as maritime and underwater cultural heritage investigations that are being conducted in Vietnam today.

Please visit the Vietnam Maritime Archaeology Project Center and explore Vietnam’s fascinating maritime history including 10th century battles against Kublai Khan, traditional boat building, shipwrecks, NAS training efforts and more. You can explore the site here:

T. Kurt Knoerl Ph.D.


Michael Hallett is the new editor of “Liaison,” the journal of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at PACOM. Advances in caring for cultural property in disaster situations would make for an informative article.

COE  Announces Call for Papers: The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance invites submissions to the next issue of Liaison, a journal focusing on current and emerging issues and trends in disaster management and humanitarian assistance.

We invite submissions, from contributors of all backgrounds, focused on enhancements to disaster management capabilities, including prevention, resiliency and response. Submissions made by local actors in the Asian-Pacific region are especially welcome. The journal aims to promote increased understanding among disaster management practitioners and policy makers.

Please direct questions to the Editor



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