Professor Henri Barkey, of Lehigh University's International Relations Department, was among those accused of plotting a coup in Turkey in July 2016. Barkey, who was in Turkey for a conference at the time of the coup, was suspected of abetting FETO, the Turkish terrorist group allegedly responsible for attempting to overthrow the government.
As of July 15, 2017, the Chief Public Prosecutors Office in Istanbul launched a new probe into seventeen American citizens including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Former CIA Director John Brennan, and Henri Barkey. Turkey is reopening the investigation to see if a link can be drawn from the suspects to FETO. This investigation comes in conjunction with a referendum that provided the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with more expansive control of the government.