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ISA statement of concern over threats to academic freedom at the University of Glasgow arising from barriers to Dr Sen’s invited seminar and request to demonstrate compliance with UK anti-terror legislation

The International Studies Association expresses serious concern over reports of significant barriers to prevent a seminar by Dr. Somdeep Sen at the University of Glasgow and the request to demonstrate that the presentation was not in breach of UK anti-terror legislation. Open exchange is essential to academic freedom, and external speakers should be free to give invited presentations of their research, without having to demonstrate that their research is not unlawful. 

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In Memoriam: Olga A. Vorkunova

It is with a heavy heart that we share that Olga Vorkunova, member of the ISA Peace Studies Section’s Executive Committee, passed away suddenly on 25th October 2021 after a short illness. Dr. Vorkunova was a Senior Researcher at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences. She was also an Associate Professor of the Moscow State Linguistic University.  Dr. Vorkunova’s was an expert on ethnic conflict, early warning systems, peacebuilding, Russian-Chinese relations, and peace education. Her impressive commitment to peace was inspirational and we will miss her greatly. 

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ISA Statement on Academic Freedom in Mexico

The Academic Freedom Committee of the International Studies Association (ISA) expresses grave concern for repeated attempts by the Attorney-General of Mexico to arrest and detain 31 Mexican scientists and researchers for offences relating to the alleged misuse of funds arising from their professional involvement with the Mexican Science and Technology Council’s (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, CONACyT) Scientific Technological Advisory Forum (Foro Consultivo Científico y Tecnológico, FCCyT AC).  We note a federal judge has twice rejected the Attorney-General’s application for arrest warrants and we are troubled by the report that he may seek a warrant a third time.

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IPSA and ISA Formalize their Cooperation

We are pleased to announce that the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the International Studies Association (ISA) have signed an agreement to enhance their academic cooperation. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has recently been signed by both associations and was announced at IPSA’s Pre-APSA Annual Meeting Workshop, The Importance of Developing Ties between Political Science Associations, by IPSA President Dianne Pinderhughes and ISA President Kristian Skrede Gleditsch on 27 September 2021.

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ISA Statement of Concern Over Current US Travel Bans

The International Studies Association (ISA) is deeply concerned over the problems the current US travel bans pose for the ability of its members to participate in the association’s scholarly activities taking place in the US. The ISA is the largest and most respected scholarly association in the field, counting over 7000 members in over 120 countries. 

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ISA Statement on Academic Freedom in the Tigray Region, Ethiopia

The Academic Freedom Committee of the International Studies Association (ISA) expresses grave concern for the state of academic freedom in the Tigray region of Ethiopia following attacks led by the combined forces of the Ethiopian government, the Eritrean military, and the Amhara regional forces and militia. 

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