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AWI draws on scholars in art history, archaeology, international relations, and cultural security. Selected Projects and Publications

Erik Nemeth, Director

Cultural Security


Erik Nemeth pursues research on the tactical significance of cultural patrimony to regional and international security ( In publishing on the intersection of art history, illicit markets, political violence, and intelligence studies, he examines the evolving role of cultural property in foreign affairs. Erik has published in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs and presents at conferences in art history, archaeology, information science, and criminology. He also serves on the editorial board of Journal of Art Crime and as a trustee for the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA). Erik holds a BA in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Vision Science, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

"Market Value of Culture: Quantifying the Risk of Antiquities Looting"
Blouin Creative Leadership Summit - Latest News, September 2010.

“Conflict Art: Scholars Develop the Tactical Value of Cultural Patrimony”
Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 23:2, 299-323, June 2010.

"The Art of Cultural Intelligence: Intelligence for Countering Threats to Cultural property in Conflict"
Forum Archaeologiae, 55:6 (, June 2010.

“Cultural Security: The Evolving Role of Art in International Security”
Terrorism and Political Violence, 19:1, 19-42, January 2007.

Joshua Mix, Senior Analyst



Joshua Mix serves as a freelance editor for literature on art history and a consultant on the trade in cultural property. Most recently, he worked with the Getty Research Institute on the Bibliography of the History of Art and the development of a production system for citation indices. Joshua has participated in archaeological excavations at the Roman bath complex of Chianciano Terme near Orvieto, Italy, as well as at the site of Marion in Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus. His research has focused upon Greek and Roman pottery, including the illicit trafficking of ceramic antiquities throughout Europe and the United States. Joshua holds a M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Arizona and B.A. in History of Art from Arizona State University.  

Yasmeen Hussain, Senior Analyst

International Relations


Yasmeen del Rosario Hussain is the co-founder of Cultivating Understanding through Social Partnerships, an organization for dialogue on capacity building and sustainability formed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She holds a BA with honors in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and two MAs with honors in International Relations, Diplomacy, and Strategic Negotiations from the American School of International Relations and Université Paris XI, Faculté Jean Monnet. Her diverse training and experiences include corporate liability; international security; dialogue studies; ready-made garment exportation; World War II document analysis; and arbitration in the securities industry. She spends the majority of her time traveling, researching, writing, and editing.

The Perception of Security: The Barcelona Process, thesis, MA International Relations, American Graduate School of International Relations, Paris, France, December 2008.

Cultivating Understanding through Social Partnerships, non-profit organization, Dhaka Bangladesh, January 2009.

James Cheney, Senior Analyst

Art History


James Cheney studies intersections of politics and the creation of art through interdisciplinary research in art history and foreign affairs. James draws on scholarly literature in the United States, United Kingdom, and Italian language publications. By tracking the choice and creation of vocabulary that art historians employ, he identifies relationships between analyses of fine art and political debates within particular nations. Most recently, James was Senior Editor of the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) at the Getty Research Institute for eight years. He received his Masters in Art History from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught on a wide variety of subjects such as Early Netherlandish painting, emblemata, art, and film in venues including University of Connecticut, Storrs; Hofstra, New College; and Smith College. He is currently completing a dissertation dedicated to Counter-Reformation imagery in illustrated books printed in Antwerp, ca. 1600.

"Jan David's Pictographic Catechism", 15th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference for Netherlandic Studies (ICNS), UCLA, June 2010.

Translation of "Introduction" by Vittorio Sgarbi for Gaetano Pesce: Pieces from a Larger Puzzle, Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, 2010.

Review of Cosme Tura of Ferrara: Style, Politics and the Renaissance City by Stephen Campbell, New York Review of Books, 1997.

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