Academic Freedom and Political Stability in Contemporary Turkey?"

By Asli Z. Igsiz
Submitted to Session S4712 (Academic Freedom under Assault: A Roundtable on recent developments in Egypt and Turkey, 2016 Annual Meeting
I hope to raise questions about political "stability" and academic freedom as an important part of it, with Turkey as a particular case. I will address the implications of legal regulations implemented by the military junta in the 1980s in the name of "stability" and show how although the AKP is placed in opposition to the military ideologically, it may still be the most successful inheritor of the military junta's crackdown on higher education in the name of stability, in addition to the restrictive regulations of labor organization and unions, and democracy.