Why Iraq Needs a Cultural Surge

July 4, 2017 Topic: Security Region: Middle East Tags: IraqIslamic StateISISDaeshWarMosul

Why Iraq Needs a Cultural Surge

Iraq needs a new surge—one that is focused on the reconstruction of the country's cultural heritage.

Bartle Bull sits on the Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art. His next book is a history of Iraq. He is a founder of NGP, Iraq’s leading merchant bank.

Image: A man reacts near the coffin of a member of Iraqi security forces, who was killed during clashes in Mosul, at his funeral in Najaf, Iraq June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani