The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 3rd, 2014
Their stories are grim.
A Syrian engineer flees the country after being detained and tortured
by government forces. A writer and human-rights activist escapes
following threats from members of a far-right political group in Greece.
In Thailand, a military coup forces an outspoken anthropologist to seek
Intellectual dissidents have long faced political persecution and
violence. But in recent years, the dangers facing them and universities
in troubled regions have reached a crisis point. According to the
Institute of International Education, which has been helping imperiled scholars
since 1919, academics and students are being forced to flee their homes
and homelands at a level not seen since World War II, when thousands of
professors and scientists escaped Nazi-controlled Europe.
While those seeking aid are from all corners of the globe, the
greatest need is in the Middle East, says Allan E. Goodman, the