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In response to the academic situation in Turkey, the AAG sent a letter to President Erdogan in May to “express our concern with ongoing reports in the United States that academics in Turkey who signed the ‘Petition for Peace’ have faced reprisals from the government.”

In the letter, the AAG also urges “the government of Turkey to be a leader by taking all possible steps to protect free expression and academic freedom by ending any efforts to punish signers of the petition.”

The AAG also has signed on to additional letters, one from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and another from Middle East Studies Association (MESA)*.


*AAG signed on only to the MESA letter on “Threats to Academic Freedom and Higher Education in Turkey” dated July 21, 2016.