Culture and Foreign Policy
This Convention is the first international instrument to provide for the protection of cultural property in the case of armed conflict. It was later augmented by two Protocols of the Geneva Convention of 1949 and the Rome Statute, but remains the legal touchstone for such protection.
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The International Convention against Apartheid in Sports was adopted by the UN General Assembly as resolution 40/64 on December 10, 1985 and entered into force on April 3, 1988.
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Each year, the Council invites members to bring their guests of high school-age and older to a special “Daughters and Sons” meeting. This year, in cooperation with HBO, the Council will screen the HBO documentary Afghan Star. Since 2005, millions of Afghans have followed the reality television program Afghan Star, whose contestants – irrespective of ethnicity, age, or gender – compete for a cash prize and a record deal. For many viewers, who vote for contestants via cell phone, it is their first experience with the democratic process in a country where television, music, and dancing were once forbidden under Taliban rule.
Following the screening, a panel of experts will provide perspective on the broader cultural realities of Afghanistan and their implications for U.S. policy toward the country, where well over half the population is below the age of twenty-five.
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Please join Shibley Telhami and film director Soraya Umewaka for a screening and discussion of the film Tomorrow We Will See, which follows a new generation of artists and designers living in Beirut.
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