In DepthTurkish Science

After failed coup, Turkey's academics feel regime's wrath

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Science  29 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6298, pp. 436
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6298.436

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Last week's failed coup attempt in Turkey lasted just a day, but the pain has only begun for Turkish academics. In a massive political purge, the government has suspended or fired thousands of professors and staff at universities, as well as employees of the nation's ministry of education. Officials have also ordered researchers who are affiliated with Turkish universities and working abroad to return home immediately—with an implied threat of treason charges for those who don't. Many Turkish graduate students and postdocs abroad have now had to abandon international scholarships, fieldwork, and conferences.