Patrick James, Mark A. Boyer and Kristian Gleditsch posted on August 24, 2018 12:05
The International Studies Association (ISA), the world’s largest association of scholars in the field, is writing to express our concern about the jailing of Waleed Khalil el-Sayed Salem. Numerous media outlets report that Waleed Khalil el-Sayed Salem is being held after attempting to do research for his doctoral dissertation in Cairo. ISA vehemently opposes restrictions on the ability of scholars to conduct academic research and we respectfully ask that Mr. el-Sayad Salem be released as soon as possible. As an association of active scholars and policy practitioners, the ISA strongly supports the research he is doing as part of the creation of new knowledge in the international studies field. Moreover, the principle of academic freedom is one that we hold sacrosanct as an association of professionals.
ISA has many members throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa and we consider it our duty to join other concerned professional bodies in monitoring this situation. Many ISA members have long-term, fruitful collaborations and interactions with colleagues and students in Egypt and the region. We hope that they will be able to continue these interactions.
For further information about ISA’s deliberative processes on academic freedom concerns and the committee’s charge from the Governing Council, please see: https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Committees/Academic-Freedom.
Patrick James, ISA President
Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director
Kristian Gleditsch, Chair, ISA Academic Freedom Committee