It is with deep sorrow that we have followed recent events in Turkey. Particularly in light of the severe repression against academia, the EISA board has decided on July 21, 2016, to cancel its annual conference originally to be held in Izmir, Turkey, from 7-10 September. The decision at that point was inevitable and yet is very regrettable. We are currently in the process of relocating our section entitled “Democracy Promotion as Interaction: Rethinking the External-Internal Interplay in International Relations“ to the Leibniz-Institute Peace Research Institute Frankfurt on 8-9 September. Our sessions will tackle different theoretical perspectives on and empirical insights into the patterns, drivers, and consequences of such interaction processes and pay close attention to local perspectives. We are looking forward to approaching and discussing these aspects with a diverse and interesting group of scholars from all over the world!
We agree with the EISA’s public statement on the cancellation as well as with the recent ISA statement and our thoughts are with our Turkish colleagues and with everyone currently suffering from the assault on academic freedom and other repressive measures.