Letters and Statements from the Board

MESA Board Letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft regarding fingerprinting and photography requirements of visitors from the Middle East

The Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America views with extreme concern your June 5 proposal to fingerprint and photograph visitors to the United States from Middle Eastern countries. Such humiliating procedures will have a profoundly chilling effect on all scholarly and artistic exchanges and discourage visitors from Middle Eastern countries to the United States.

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    MESA Board letter to Turkish Minister of Culture and Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding research permits in Turkish libraries and museums

    I am writing to you on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association. It has come to our attention that the Under-Secretary of the Turkish Ministry of Culture, Tekin Aybas, has expressed himself willing to investigate the possibility of changing the rules concerning residence and research permits in Turkish libraries and museums for both Turkish and foreign scholars who use them.

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