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History Prof. Quoted in Article on Turkish Prison Releases

Associate Professor of History Howard Eissenstat was recently quoted in an international media outlet regarding Turkey's proposed amnesty plan to reduce its prison population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eissenstat, a Turkish affairs expert, was quoted in an article about Turkey's top court being ready to decide the fate of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s controversial plan in The Arab Weekly, an independent English language publication by Al Arab Publishing House in London. The article notes that the amnesty law seeks to free tens of thousands of prisoners to prevent a wave of coronavirus infections in the country’s jails, but decrees that Erdogan's critics remain behind bars.

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National and international media often turn to Eissenstat on issues regarding Turkey. He also currently serves as a nonresident senior nonresident fellow with the Project on Middle East Democracy think tank, or POMED.