Feature - Turkey's Crackdown on Intellectuals
On February 7th, 2017 6,000 of Turkey's 150,000 academics were fired. One hundred came from Ankara University, and its Political Science department (known as the Mulkiye) was especially hard hit.
Founded in 1859 during the Ottoman Empire, the Mulkiye’s goal was to develop the country's ongoing modernization and westernization efforts by educating administrators in modern standards in order to adapt the new reforms faster and increase the effectiveness of political and administrative institutions. President Erdogan ’s purge has effectively damaged what his administration would consider an internal...