POLITICS AND HIGHER EDUCATION

How a Promising Turkish College Becomes Victim of Political Vendetta: The Tragedy of Sehir University

President Erdogan graced the opening of Istanbul Sehir University in 2010; ten years later, he ordered its shutdown. A college fell victim to palace intrigue and political revenge.

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President Abdullah Gul, C, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (4th-L), then-Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (3rd L), Sehir University Rector Gokhan Cetinsaya (2nd L) during the inauguration ceremony of Sehir University on October 5, 2010.

Prologue

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The Intellectual Genesis of Sehir: BISAV

The Theorist and the Practitioner: Davutoglu In Power

The Fallout Between Davutoglu and Erdogan

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During his premiership, Davutoglu’s ties with President Erdogan (R) were not always smooth.
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Then-Prime Minister Davutoglu (L) meets with President Erdogan in the presidential palace in Ankara in 2015.

Conclusion

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Virginia-based journalist and writer. Politics, culture, art, and technology. American political affairs, Turkey, the MidEast, and beyond. Twitter: @abyasun

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