Barin Kayaoglu

Turkish soldiers march during a parade marking the 93rd anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara, Turkey, Aug. 30, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

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Turkish military hit by food poisoning scandal

Monday, Jun. 19, 2017 | Barin Kayaoglu, Contributor

With hundreds of conscripts hospitalized and one dead from food poisoning, Turks from all political stripes demand answers.

Turkish opposition struggles to unite amid government crackdown

Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 | Barin Kayaoglu, Contributor

In response to the arrest of one of its deputies, leader of Turkey’s secular opposition party Kemal Kilicdaroglu called for a popular march, but the protest move isn't distracting critics from his timid response to the president's increasing authoritarianism and fraud allegations.

Can US calm Turkish nerves over arming Syrian Kurds?

Thursday, May. 11, 2017 | Barin Kayaoglu, Contributor

The United States seems aware of Turkish sensitivities, but the Americans can't guarantee the arms given to Syrian Kurdish forces won't ultimately fall into hands hostile to Turkey.

Turkey angry, stoic with US decision to arm Syrian Kurds

Wednesday, May. 10, 2017 | Barin Kayaoglu, Contributor

Will US-Turkish relations worsen in the wake of the Trump administration’s historic decision to directly arm Syrian Kurds?

Turkey, Israel in verbal spat over Jerusalem

Tuesday, May. 9, 2017 | Barin Kayaoglu, Contributor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on Jerusalem and the Israel-Palestine conflict have cast dark clouds over Turkish-Israeli relations.

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Barin Kayaoglu

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Barin Kayaoglu is an assistant professor of world history at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. He obtained his doctorate in history from the University of Virginia in 2014, and he is currently working on his first book, based on his PhD dissertation, on US relations with Turkey and Iran from World War II to the present and pro- and anti-Americanism in the two countries. You can follow him at and on Facebook. On Twitter: @barinkayaoglu

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