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Turkish Academic Crisis
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ISTR would like to share the work of MESA (Middle East Studies Association) with regard to 

threats to academic freedom and higher education in Turkey in the wake of the failed coup attempt of July 15-16. To date, over fifty US and European scholarly associations have signed on to the statement. 

ISTR is one of multiple organizations concerned with recent developments which look to dismantle much of the structure of Turkish higher education through purges, restrictions, and assertions of central control, a process begun earlier this year and accelerating now with alarming speed. 

As a scholarly association, ISTR shares in the commitment to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression. The recent moves in Turkey herald a massive and virtually unprecedented assault on those principles. One of the Middle East region’s leading systems of higher education is under severe threat as a result, as are the careers and livelihoods of many of its faculty members and academic administrators.  To learn more, please visit 

In recognizing the need for action, the MESA Board and Committee on Academic Freedom have prepared the following tools, as well:  

1. Letter of explanation[] regarding extraordinary measures against academics in Turkey

2.  Practical advice for Turkish academics [] seeking opportunities or refuge outside Turkey (here the wording is a little MESA specific but feel free to tailor the language to suit your own discipline or area).

3.  Advice for institutions[] outside Turkey to help Turkish academics.  

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