Seemingly after the corrupt, authoritarian Turkish government complained, Columbia University dutifully canceled a panel on the collapse of the rule of law in Turkey.
Would-be panelist Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations told Inside Higher Education: "'The only conclusion that anybody can really draw is that Columbia came under significant pressure from the Turkish government. As someone who works on Turkey, I'm not surprised that the Turkish government tried to bring this pressure to bear. What I am surprised is that Columbia said, "OK."'" Conclusion: Columbia takes its marching orders from Erdoğan.
Columbia has a Global Studies Center in Istanbul and received $10m in 2016 from the estate of Turkish tycoon Sakıp Sabancı.