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Mark Vlasic

Where culture meets terrorism: art and the ongoing fight to save history

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

The Assad regime is not just destroying cultural heritage. Like Daesh, the Al-Nusrah Front and others, it is reportedly involved in the trafficking and/or looting of antiquities from Syria. So while Daesh may be the most notorious actor in destroying and looting antiquities, it is not alone.

Timbuktu, ISIS and the Long Arm of Justice

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 10.03.2016 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

For more than a year now, ISIS and others have systematically destroyed the cultural heritage of the people of Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region. Not only have they shelled and bulldozed priceless historical/cultural/religious sites such as the city of Nimrud, Jonah's Tomb, and temples in Palmyra, but they have also plundered them.

The Tomb Raiders of Mesopotamia: Fighting ISIL, terrorism financing and saving our cultural heritage

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Like at the Mosul Museum, it seems that ISIL may have used the smokescreen of destruction in Nimrud as cover to loot antiquities in order to help finance their reign of terror. That's because ISIL is not only destroying history but profiting from it.

Congressional Monuments Men? The Role of Congress in Fighting Terrorist Financing, While Preserving Our Cultural Heritage

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 02.05.2015 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Congressional Anti-Terrorism and Proliferation Financing Task Force conducted a briefing on Islamic State in Iraq and ...

International Stolen Asset Recovery As a Development Issue -- A World Bank President's Legacy?

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

While future commentaries will chronicle Robert B. Zoellick's acts and deeds, it is worth pausing, this weekend, as he completes his last major world forum as president, to recall the initiative he launched at his first major world forum.

Gaddafi's Mansion: An "Arab Spring" Example of Asset Recovery

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 03.30.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

The British judgment is the first major successful recovery of what is estimated to be billions in personal assets the Gaddafis and their associates allegedly obtained during regime's nearly forty-year reign.

Fighting Pirates With Paper: How the Law of the Sea Is Important in the Fight Against Piracy

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 03.01.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

We cannot fight piracy with our U.S. fleet alone. Fortunately, on this issue, the world is on our side, and one of the most powerful weapons available is within our reach.

The Search for Gaddafi's Assets: How Libya and the Arab Spring Have Renewed the Global Fight Against Corruption

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 09.08.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

In many ways, what happens next in Libya's asset recovery efforts may be monitored, critiqued and studied by governments, scholars, activists, and dictators alike.

5.7 Million Reasons for Duvalier to Return to Haiti

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Why would Duvalier, a Haitian living in France, care about a law change in Switzerland? Money -- that's why.

The Next Financial Reform Floodgate

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark V. Vlasic

The financial reform bill's whistleblower provisions require that any whistleblower providing "original information" leading to a penalty over $1 million shall receive between 10 and 30% of that collection.

Remembering Srebrenica & Our Responsibility to do More

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Fifteen years ago today, thousands of Muslims were being slaughtered in Europe. Some were killed opportunistically, but most were killed in a full-sc...

"With G-20 Influence... Comes G-20 Responsibility"

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

The Group of Twenty (G-20), a world forum bringing established economic powers such as the United States and Japan together with emerging giants such ...

The Long Arm of Justice

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

As Radovan Karadzic sits between two UN prison guards in an international tribunal, one must wonder, is the end of impunity finally coming to a close?