Erdogan’s War on Academia Extends to Turkey’s Top University

The picking of a loyalist as caretaker to lead Turkey’s most prestigious university reveals Erdogan’s longstanding push to totally subdue the academic landscape.

Abdullah Ayasun
5 min readJan 5, 2021

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Anti-riot police use tear gas to disperse protesting students in front of Istanbul Bogazici University on Monday. (Photo Credit: AP)

The appointment of Melih Bulu by the president as the new rector of Istanbul-based Bogazici…

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Abdullah Ayasun

New York-based journalist and writer. Columbia School of Journalism. 2023 White House Correspondents' Association Scholar. Twitter: @abyasun