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Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy


On Feb. 22, Cetin Dogan, a retired four-star Turkish Army general, was detained and subsequently imprisoned by Turkish prosecutors, accused of masterminding an elaborate plot in 2002 and 2003 to topple the country's newly elected conservative Islamist government. He and the scores of other military officers who were also arrested -- both retired and on active duty -- face horrifying charges. Among other deeds, the officers stand accused of planning to shoot down a Turkish fighter jet and blow up two mosques during Friday prayers, so as to incite parliament to declare martial law. And this is just the latest in a wave of arrests targeting hundreds of retired military officers and their alleged civilian accomplices since early 2008, on charges ranging from murder to coup attempts. For us, however, this particular arrest comes very close to home: We are Çetin Dogan's daughter and son-in-law.


Dogan, Pinar, and Dani Rodrik. "How Turkey Manufactured a Coup Plot." Foreign, April 6. 2010.