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ISA Public Statement Regarding the Persecution of Academics in Turkey

The International Studies Association (ISA) endorses the recent public statement made by other international studies organizations on the situation in Turkey. As you will read below, the statement condemns the recent actions taken against our academic colleagues in Turkey that abridge their rights of free speech and academic freedom. This endorsement was recommended by ISA’s Academic Freedom Committee and unanimously endorsed by ISA’s Executive Committee.

ISA members should note that ISA’s process of deliberation on academic freedom cases requires that:

“All action by the ISA as an organization requires a) in cases where urgent action is required, the unanimous consent of the voting members of the Executive Committee or b) in all other circumstances, a two-thirds majority of the Governing Council. Letters of inquiry and concern may be signed by the ISA President, the Governing Council, or the AFC, as deemed appropriate. The President may act on behalf of the ISA only with the expressed consent (as above) of the Executive Committee or Governing Council.”

As a result of this Governing Council approved process, ISA’s process requires wider (and sometimes longer) deliberation than might be the case for other peer organizations. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Paul Diehl,
President, International Studies Association

Mark A. Boyer,
Executive Director, International Studies Association

To view the letter that ISA sent to the Turkish president, click here

Public Statement

of the Presidents and Chairs of Professional Associations on 
“International Studies"

regarding the Persecution of Academics in Turkey

18 January 2016 (amended as of 22 January 2016)

As leaders of associations that represent academics and analysts of international studies, we are deeply concerned about the reaction of the Turkish government and police to the public statement signed by Turkish and international academics on the situation in Southeastern Turkey last week. While we condemn any form of political violence, we insist that academics must have the right to express their political views freely and without having to fear for their jobs or personal freedom.

We call upon the Turkish authorities to stop the persecution of our colleagues and ask university administrations to respect the right to free speech and academic freedom. Turkey is an important partner in our joint efforts to better understand how “a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world” can be realized – a key aim of the “Alliance of Civilizations” which President Erdogan has co-sponsored. Free academic debate is an essential prerequisite to foster such understanding. We hope that it can continue to flourish in Turkish universities as well.

Professor Gunther Hellmann
Executive Secretary, World International Studies Committee (WISC)

Professor Thomas Diez
President, European International Studies Association (EISA)

Professor Paul Diehl
President, International Studies Association (ISA)

Professor Stefano Guzzini
President, Central and East European Studies Association (CEEISA)

Professor Nicola Phillips
Chair, British International Studies Association (BISA)

Professor Tuomas Forsberg
Chair, Nordic International Studies Association (NISA)

Professor Stephan Stetter
Chair, IR Section, German Political Science Association

Professor Rafael Velázquez
President, Mexican International Studies Association (MISA)

Dr Alberto Sepúlveda Almarza
President, Asociación Chilene de Especialistas Interacionales (ACHEI)

Professor Arlene B. Tickner
President, Corporación Red Colombiana de Relaciones Internacionales (REDINTERCOL)

Professor Fulvio Attiná and Professor Vittorio Emanuele Parsi
Co-Chairs, Standing Group of International Relations, Italian Political Science Association (SGRI/SISP)


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