The British International Studies Association views the actions of the US President in banning or restricting travel to the U.S. by nationals of selected countries with significant concern. Furthermore, the Association is deeply concerned that the new administration's policies on admitting refugees run in contradiction with the Geneva Convention, of which the United States is a signatory.
As a scholarly association we believe that the free exchange of peoples allows for the free exchange of ideas and is the only way to enhance our full understanding of international affairs. As scholars we also know that history shows that global peace and prosperity are best secured when states and their leaders, no matter how weak or powerful, adhere to their obligations under international law and hold the human rights of all in the highest possible regard.
Where the interests of our members and the international studies community are impacted by this ban we will work together with allied Associations to overturn its effects. More broadly, we will continue to promote the discipline of international studies to the general public as a way of understanding and assessing events in these uncertain times.
We ask our members to share the impacts of the actions of the Trump Administration with us so we can more fully understand the effects on our membership. Please email: office [at] bisa.ac.uk
British International Studies Association Executive Committee 31st January 2017