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Exiting UNESCO: An Interview with Archaeologist Paul Reed

Howdy from northwest New Mexico! I am taking a quick break from dissertation fieldwork (two more weeks of mapping, then I’m done! I hope!) to write a MAPA blog post on the recent announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). While this issue does not directly affect my dissertation project in the same way that, say, massive cuts to the National Science Foundation might, it will nonetheless hamper archaeological and cultural preservation efforts in the region I work. This region is sometimes referred to as the Greater Chaco Landscape, and it covers the northwest corner of New Mexico as well as portions of the adjacent states of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. “Exiting” UNESCO This is not the first time the U.S has left UNESCO. In 1984 the U.S. withdrew its membership over a perceived leftist, anti-free market bias. It rejoined in 2002. A U.S. law that automatically cut funding to any U.N. organization that recognized Palestine as a member state triggered the most recent non-payment of dues, in 2013. At that point, the U.S. remained a member of UNESCO, though without any voting power. The current move is politically formalizing our exit by [Read More]

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