The First Regional Conference on Cultural Property Protection

The international illicit trade in cultural property, specifically antiquities, is not only a major threat to the cultural heritage of the MENA region, but also a significant source of revenue for radical organizations operating in the region. While bilateral cultural property protection agreements are an important step to counter this trade, stronger collaboration among the countries of the region is needed to better partner on this issue.

To view the Conference Concept Notes, click here.

To view the Agenda, click here.

To view the List of Recorded Presentations, click here.

In response to this, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) in partnership with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and the US Department of State initiated a series of regional workshops. This initiative will bring together Ministry representatives and other officials from the region to discuss case studies, best practices, and expand their professional networks in the area of cultural property protection.


The conference consists of three-parts that will take place between August 2021-December 2022. The first part of the conference will be a virtual series from August 10-12, 2021. It will then be followed by two in person workshops – the first of which will take place in Cairo, Egypt in early 2022, followed by a final conference in late 2022 that will take place in Petra, Jordan.

Accessing the Conference

The Cultural Property Protection Conference platform (powered by OpenWater) can be accessed HERE. 
You must be registered to access the platform. If you have not yet registered, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and fill in the registration form.
  • The first time you log in to the Cultural Property Protection Conference platform (powered by OpenWater) you will see a splash page with a welcome message. Click “Log In” at the Top of the Navigation Bar. 
  • You will need to enter the email you used to register for the Cultural Property Protection Conference in the pop-up box.  
  • When you log in by entering your email, you will see a message in the box that says “success” and directs you back to your email inbox. 
  • Navigate back to your inbox to access the Cultural Property Protection Conference website link. Click the link and you will be taken to the platform and given full access to the conference.

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