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IAS Statement regarding travel bans

January 30, 2017

 

The International and Area Studies Program at Northwestern University is staffed by academics and administrators with expertise in all aspects of international affairs. In our professional capacities we engage in scholarship and conversation about global issues, including US domestic and foreign relations.  

The recent decisions of the US government to seriously impede or entirely forbid travel to the US for large numbers of people based only on their national identity is a tremendous mistake and a violation of their basic human rights and dignity.  

The executive order signed on January 27, 2017, appears to violate many existing US laws as well as parts of the US Constitution. It is contrary to American values and to basic human decency. It is also tremendously counter-productive as it creates enemies and offends friends around the world.

We oppose and condemn these new policies and support those seeking to overturn them.

Prof. Ian Hurd

Department of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program

Prof. Rajeev Kinra

Department of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program

Prof. Paul Gillingham

Department of History Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

Bianca R. Jimenez

Assistant Director of International and Area Studies

Parth Joshi

Program Assistant for International and Area Studies

Prof. Brian Edwards

Department of English and Advisory Board for International Studies

Prof. Mark Hauser

Department of Anthropology and Advisory Board for International Studies

Prof. Daniel Immerwahr

Department of History and Advisory Board for International Studies

Prof. Emily Maguire

Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Advisory Board for International Studies

Prof. J. Michelle Molina

Department of Religious Studies and Department of History and Advisory Board for International Studies

Prof. Wendy Pearlman

Department of Political Science and Advisory Board for International Studies

Prof. Galya Ben-Arieh Ruffer

Director, Center for Forced Migration Studies at Buffett Institute for Global Studies and Advisory Board for International Studies

Prof. Debra Thompson

Department of African-American Studies and Advisory Board for International Studies

Prof. Mark Witte

Department of Economics and Advisory Board for International Studies

 

 January 30, 2017

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