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ISA Statement Regarding the On-Going Academic Freedom Concerns in Turkey

The International Studies Association (ISA), the world’s largest association of scholars in the field, strongly condemns the on-going assault on academic freedom in Turkey. ISA, with many members from Turkey, sincerely calls upon the Turkish government to restore the fundamentals of academic freedom immediately and to revoke all restrictions on travel, professional activity and general scholarly conduct for Turkish academics. We also strongly oppose the summary dismissal of academics from their positions without due process.

Because Turkey is one of the leading countries and civilizations in the world, situated at the intersection of Europe and Asia, Turkey and its scholarly community offer much for intellectual progress in every field, especially in international studies. We sincerely hope that Turkey can soon return to its important place in the global community of scholars, so that academics can continue their work without fear of persecution and continue to help Turkey and the world move knowledge creation forward.

This statement is the fourth ISA is making regarding violations of academic freedom in Turkey since the government’s assault on academic freedom began in 2016. To view earlier statements made by the Academic Freedom Committee, please visit the Committee webpage:


Patrick James, ISA President
Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director
Kristian Gleditsch, Chair, ISA Academic Freedom Committee

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