The International Institute of Islamic Thought, a privately held non-profit organization based in the USA, canceled a book talk by Ahmet Kuru,  a professor of political science at San Diego State University, due to an article in which the author criticized the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Remove from your calendar! @IIITfriends cancelled my book talk, because they found out an article where I criticized Erdogan. My talk would be on my book, not Erdogan. So the cancellation is not on the “content” of the talk, but on who I am. Erdogan is influential, even in the US,” Kuru tweeted.

This is not the first time an event is cancelled allegedly at Turkey’s request. In April, 2019, Colombia University canceled a panel discussion on Turkey two days before the event, citing “academic standards.”

Steven A. Cook, one of the panelists and a senior fellow for Middle East & Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, has tweeted that the decision was made after “the university came under pressure form Turkish government.

“Disappointed to learn that  ‘s Provost effectively canceled this panel two days before the event, citing “academic standards.” One can only assume that the university came  under pressure form the govt of  and its supporters. Terrible precedent,” Cook tweeted.