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College of Arts and Sciences

Anthropologist: Why Trump's threat is unthinkable

By: Seema Golestaneh
CNN
January 7, 2020

Seema Golestaneh, assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, reacts in a CNN opinion article to President Trump's theats, issued on Twitter this week, to attack sites important to "Iranian culture."

"To target sites of cultural heritage is a violation of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, of which the United States is a signatory," Golestaneh writes in the piece. "Given the President's tendancy to go against precedent and the counsel of his advisors, however, his threat still hangs ominously in the air."

Read the article on the CNN website.

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