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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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ISA Statement on Academic Freedom in Burma/Myanmar

The International Studies Association (ISA) expresses grave concern for the state of academic freedom in Burma/Myanmar following the military coup initiated on February 1 2021. Nationwide protests following the coup have been met with repression and security force raids and occupations of university campuses. These actions and events are severe threats to academic freedom in the country and the autonomy of its higher education institutions. They represent an unfortunate step backwards for academic freedom in Burma/Myanmar, which had been improving since the country’s return to civilian rule in 2008.

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ISA Statement Regarding the Summary Deportation of Professor Pal Ahluwalia by Fiji Authorities

The International Studies Association, which represents thousands of international relations scholars around the world, condemns the deportation of Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, by Fijian authorities. In a dramatic home arrest on February 3, 2021, Professor Ahluwalia’s work permit was revoked, and he and his wife were removed from their home and flown to Brisbane, Australia under armed military guard. According to international news agencies, the decision is in retaliation for Professor Ahluwalia blowing the whistle on corrupt practices and financial mismanagement within the university. The revocation of Professor Ahluwalia’s work permit, in apparent disregard of due process, seriously constrains his ability to carry out his duties as Vice-Chancellor. If politically-motivated, such interference in the operation of a university undermines university autonomy, an important principle of academic freedom. Moreover, transparency and accountability are essential in the academic community’s efforts to ensure that institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good. ISA calls on the Fijian government to reinstate Professor Ahluwalia’s work permit and allow him to return to his teaching post in Fiji.

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ISA Statement Regarding the Arrest and Detention of CEU Master’s Student in Egypt

The International Studies Association, the largest association of scholars of international relations in the world, denounces the arbitrary detention on February 1, 2021 of Ahmed Samir Abdelhay Ali, an Egyptian national enrolled in a graduate program in Sociology/Social Anthropology at the Central European University in Vienna, Austria. Ahmed was interrogated by the Egyptian authorities at the Sharm El Sheikh International Airport upon returning to Egypt for family reasons. When he presented himself as requested to Cairo police, he was arrested, physically assaulted, held incommunicado and is now in detention. It is believed that Ahmed has been detained in relation to his research on reproductive rights in Egypt. ISA notes with extreme concern a systematic pattern on the part of the Egyptian Government of arrest and/or detention of students and scholars as well as its disregard for the principle of academic freedom. ISA urges the Egyptian government in the strongest possible terms to release Ahmed Samir Abdelhay Ali immediately.

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