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We the undersigned stand in solidarity with the scholarly journal Third World Quarterly and its editor-in-chief. Those of us not already involved with the journal stand ready to support it, including potentially to replace colleagues who recently resigned from the editorial board.
We offer this support in defence of the vital principles of freedom of speech and academic freedom, the collective interests of the academic profession as a whole, and the right of editors, journals and presses to publish any work – however controversial – that, in their view, merits exposure and debate.
We are deeply alarmed by the censorious attitudes and campaigns directed at Third World Quarterly and its editor-in-chief. We see this as part of a wider and increasingly serious problem: a rising tide of intolerance on university campuses and within the academic profession, with certain scholars and students seeking to close down perspectives with which they disagree, rather than debating them openly. In this instance, the campaign even culminated in “serious and credible threats of personal violence”, leading to the article being “withdrawn at the request of the academic journal editor, and in agreement with the author” (Taylor & Francis statement). Threats of violence have no place in the academy and we condemn such actions unequivocally.
In an era of serious collective challenges, the academy – and through it, wider society – needs open, frank and vigorous debate more than ever. Third World Quarterly has been at the leading edge of debates on the developing world for nearly 40 years. We are determined that it will continue to do so.
Dr Lee Jones, Queen Mary University of LondonDr Philip Cunliffe, University of Kent and editor, International PeacekeepingProf Thomas G. Weiss, City University of New York and TWQ editorial board memberProf David S.G. Goodman, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and TWQ editorial board memberProf Peter Uvin, Claremont McKenna College and TWQ editorial board memberProf Anthony Payne, University of Sheffield and TWQ editorial board memberProf Arturo Valenzuela, Georgetown University and TWQ editorial board memberProf Barry Gills, University of Helsinki and TWQ editorial board memberProf Christopher Clapham, University of Cambridge and TWQ editorial board memberProf Michael Klare, Hampshire College and TWQ editorial board memberDr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, University of Birmingham and editor, Journal of Intervention and StatebuildingProf Ami Pedahzur, University of Texas at Austin and associate editor, Studies in Conflict and TerrorismProf M.L.R. Smith, King's College London and editorial board member, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Prof James Dreier, Brown University and associate editor, Ethics Prof Randall Schweller, Ohio State University and Editor-in-Chief, Security StudiesProf Leigh Jenco, LSE and Associate Editor, American Political Science ReviewProf Anand Menon, Kings College London and Co-Editor, West European PoliticsProf Ken Booth, Aberystwyth University, co-editor, International RelationsProf David Farrell, University College Dublin and co-editor, Party PoliticsProf Emeritus Eldon J. Eisenach, University of Tulsa and editorial board member, Studies in American Political Development and Consulting Editor, History of Political Thought Prof Ramesh Thakur, Australian National University and Editor-in-Chief, Global Governance Prof William J. FitzPatrick, University of Rochester and Associate Editor, EthicsProf Jeffrey Haynes, London Metropolitan University and Co-editor, DemocratizationProf Richard Bellamy, European University Institute and Editor, Contemporary Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyProf Fabio Franchino, Università degli Studi di Milano and Editor, Italian Political Science ReviewProf Emeritus Conal Condren, University of Queensland and consulting editor, History of Political Thought and International Editorial Board member, ParergonProf Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick and Co-Editor, The Pacific ReviewProf Adam Fagan, Queen Mary University of London and co-editor, East European PoliticsProf Petr Kopecky, Leiden University and co-editor, East European Politics Prof Christopher Kam, University of British Columbia and Co-Editor, Legislative Studies QuarterlyProf Daniel H. Nexon, Georgetown UniversityDr James Heartfield, independent scholarProf Erik Voeten, Georgetown UniversityProf Dennis Hayes, University of Derby and Director, Academics For Academic FreedomDr Richard Heffernan, Open UniversityDr Kevin Gray, University of SussexDr Suke Wolton, University of OxfordDr. Samuele Dominioni, FIW BonnDr Ruth Mieschbuehler, University of DerbyDr Joanna Williams, University of Kent Prof Peter Ramsay, London School of EconomicsDr Timothy Bradshaw, University of OxfordDr Tara McCormack, University of LeicesterDr Vanessa Pupavac, University of NottinghamRichard Harris, formerly Director of Teacher Education, University of HullDr Fabio Scarpello, independent scholarRalph Leighton, Canterbury Christ Church UniversityCourtney Hamilton, writer on race and anti-racismRobin Oberg, PhD student, Exeter UniversityProf William Bain, National University of Singapore and co-editor, International RelationsProf Carole Pateman UCLA and Associate Editor, Journal of Political Philosophy Dr Shahar Hameiri, University of QueenslandDr Nikos Sotirakopoulos, Loughborough University Prof Charles Antaki, Loughborough UniversityDr Eleni Tracada, University of DerbyDr Tom Chodor, Monash UniversityEmeritus Professor Barry Carr, La Trobe UniversityProf Stig Jarle Hansen, NMBUDr Enzo Rossi, University of Amsterdam and co-editor, European Journal of Political TheoryProf Philip Hammond, London South Bank UniversityChristopher Lynch, University of Warwick and associate editor, ConvocamusNatalie Dinham, Student MSc. Global Studies, The University of Gothenburg Dr Christopher Bickerton, Cambridge UniversityProf David Richards, University of ManchesterRobert A.E. Wilson, PhD Student, University of KentDr Pak K. Lee, University of KentDr Andrew Calcutt, University of East LondonProf Ismene Gizelis, University of EssexProf Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, University of Essex and co-editor, Research and PoliticsProf Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent Emeritus Professor Chris Brown, London School of EconomicsEmeritus Prof Frank Furedi, University of KentProf Patrick James, USCDr Maren Thom, Queen Mary University of LondonDr Christine Cheng, King's College LondonDr David Maher, University of SalfordProf Andrea Ruggeri, University of OxfordProf Maria Grasso, University of SheffieldCamille Merlen, PhD Candidate, University of KentProf Alex Gourevitch, Brown UniversityProf John Tomasi, Brown UniversityProf Jeffrey C. Isaac, Indiana University, Bloomington
The following signatures were added after the letter was published.
A/Prof Steven Slaughter, Deakin UniversityDr Nathan Coombs, University of EdinburghProf Colin Wight, University of Sydney Dr Aidan Hehir, University of WestminsterProf Katharine Gelber, University of QueenslandDr David Roden, Open University