The embattled country’s research enterprise is at risk following a failed coup, designed to overthrow a regime that shows continued hostility toward science.
After a military faction attempted to overthrow the Islamic government in Turkey two months ago, the government has been targeting academics, arresting, suspending, and forcing them from the academy. After the failed coup attempt on July 15, the presidents of four Turkish universities and more than 1,500 university deans have been asked to resign. In late July, 167 staff members were reportedly dismissed from Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK). All academics have also been banned from leaving the country.