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About Robert Olson

Robert Olson is Professor of Middle East history and politics at the University of Kentucky (Emeritus). He is the author of ten books of various aspects of Middle East history and politics. His major books are: The Siege of Mosul and Ottoman- Persian Relations: 1718-1743; The Emergence of Kurdish Nationalism and the Sheikh Said Rebellion: 1880-1925; Turkey's Relations with Iran, 1979-2004;The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Iranian Relations:From World I to 2000; Blood, Beliefs and Ballots: The Management of Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey, 2007-2000; The Kurdish Nationalist Movements in Turkey: 1980-2011; The Goat and the Butcher: Nationalism and State Formation in Kurdistan-Iraq since the Iraqi War War. He is the author of 75 referred research articles and 60 edited research articles. He was distinguished Professor of the University of Kentucky in 2000. He is married and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.




Author Archives: Robert Olson

Trump and Syria

January 19th, 2017 | by Robert Olson

by Robert Olson It’s not likely that substantial changes will take place in Syria in the initial months after the


Turkey’s Relations with Syria

November 25th, 2016 | by Robert Olson

by Robert Olson Turkey’s relations with Syria are different from its relations with Iraq. The main difference is that Ankara


Turkey’s Gains in Syria

September 22nd, 2016 | by Robert Olson

by Robert Olson On August 24, Turkey invaded Syria to retake the Islamic State (ISIS or IS)-held town of Jarabulus.



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