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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Professor of International Politics, University of Birmingham
Scott Lucas became Professor of International Politics in 2014, having been on the staff of the University of Birmingham since 1989 and a Professor of American Studies since 1997.

He began his career as a specialist in US and British foreign policy, but his research interests now also cover current international affairs – especially North Africa, the Middle East, and Iran – New Media, and Intelligence Services.

A professional journalist since 1979, Professor Lucas is the founder and editor of EA WorldView, a leading website in daily news and analysis of Iran, Turkey, Syria, and the wider Middle East, as well as US foreign policy.

Israel-Hamas war: will the US and Iran be drawn into a broader conflict? It's Tehran's move

Oct 31, 2023 09:17 am UTC| Insights & Views

Washington has sent a warning to Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, about Iranian anti-US provocation in the Middle East. This has been going on sporadically for years, but from October 17 to October 25 there...

Libya floods: the drowning of Derna was a man-made disaster decades in the making

Sep 20, 2023 23:47 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

In the early hours of September 11, residents of Derna in north-east Libya woke to the sound of loud explosions. After more than a decade of conflict initially between the Gaddafi regime and local factions, then among...

Ukraine war: EU parliament names Russia a 'state sponsor of terrorism' – but it won't stop the missiles

Nov 25, 2022 14:39 pm UTC| Politics

The EU parliament has declared Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism. The largely symbolic resolution, which passed by a 494-58 vote on November 23, has no particular real-world consequences, but reflects MEPs...

Global Geopolitics Series

Russia and Iran's growing friendship shows their weakness not their strength

Jul 23, 2022 16:14 pm UTC| Politics

Facing economic and military difficulties in his invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president Vladimir Putin popped up this week in Irans capital Tehran. His plan was to show the world that, despite sanctions on Moscow and...

Saudi Arabia's crown prince, backed by the king, moves for absolute power

Mar 16, 2020 06:00 am UTC| Politics

The news seeped out of Saudi Arabia into international outlets late on March 6. King Salmans brother, Prince Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz, had been detained along with the kings nephew Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, former crown...

Is a war coming between the US and Iran?

May 16, 2019 03:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

You cant say the world wasnt warned. In February, US National Security Adviser John Bolton a leading proponent of the disastrous 2003 Iraq War sent a video message to Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 40...

Pakistan forges closer ties with Saudi Arabia – and Iran isn't happy

Mar 09, 2019 06:02 am UTC| Insights & Views

New relationships are being forged within Pakistan and between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. These relationships and their importance were captured in a single, compelling moment during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin...

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Economy

Marcos Expresses Optimism on Coca-Cola’s $1 Billion Expansion Plans in the Philippines:

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcomed the $1 billion expansion plans of the international beverage brand Coca-Cola in the Philippines. The Palace announced this development on Tuesday. Marcos engaged with Coca-Colas...

China’s doom loop: a dramatically smaller (and older) population could create a devastating global slowdown

China has announced that in 2023 its population declined from 1.4118 to 1.4097 billion people. Forecasting by the UN suggests Chinas population will dip to 1.313 billion by 2050 and then down to about 800 million by 2100....

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Politicians of all stripes say that housing affordability is a top priority. But few are saying much about social housing the kind thats needed for low-income households in greatest need of affordable rental...

Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why

Wholesale power prices are falling steeply in Australia, following two years of surging prices after the Ukraine war triggered an energy crisis. New data shows annualised spot prices for power in Australias main grid fell...

Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

Politics

200 million voters, 820,000 polling stations and 10,000 candidates: Indonesia’s massive election, by the numbers

Indonesians are going to the polls to elect a new president today. There are three candidates running, alongside their vice presidential candidates. According to opinion polls, the favourite is Prabowo Subianto, leader...

How Muslim teachings support political dynasties in Indonesia

President Joko Jokowi Widodo is the latest high-profile political figure in Indonesia to attempt to build a political dynasty, loosely defined as a concentration of political power involving family members. Jokowis...

Russia’s next election is likely to put Putin in power for longer than anyone since Peter the Great

Presidential elections will be held in Russia in March. It is inevitable that the incumbent president, Vladimir Putin, will win. Putin has been in power (whether as president or as prime minister) since 2000. If he wins...

Rwanda deal: why the media should focus more on the policy and less on the politics of immigration

Heading into an election year, the governments handling of migration continues to dominate headlines. Much of the coverage has been about the plan to send those who enter the UK without legal paperwork to Rwanda. This...

Biden’s ‘hard look’ at liquefied natural gas exports raises a critical question: How does natural gas fit with US climate goals?

The Biden administration has frozen pending decisions on permit applications to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to countries other than U.S. free trade partners. During this pause, which will last for up to 15...

Science

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

In the middle of 2023, a study conducted by the HuthLab at the University of Texas sent shockwaves through the realms of neuroscience and technology. For the first time, the thoughts and impressions of people unable to...

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Embryonic development, also known as embryogenesis, is a cornerstone in understanding the origins of life. But studying this marvel of intricate and layered biological processes in people faces considerable challenges....

Genetic diseases: How scientists are working to make DNA repair (almost) a piece of cake

I have always been fascinated by genetics, a branch of biology that helps explain everything from the striking resemblance between different members of a family to the fact that strawberry plants are frost-resistant. Its...

Orbital resonance − the striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits

Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no...

Why now is the time to address humanity’s impact on the moon

Humans have always looked at the sky, using the stars as navigation guides or for spiritual storytelling. Every human civilization has looked to the stars and used celestial movements to measure time and find...

Technology

GoTo and TikTok Nearing Full Compliance with Indonesia's Trade Regulations

In a strategic pivot set to redefine Indonesias e-commerce landscape, GoTo Gojek Tokopedia (GoTo), in partnership with ByteDances TikTok Shop, is on the verge of complete regulatory alignment under Indonesias e-commerce...

Google Funds AI News Articles Amid Gemini's Rise: Evolution or Ethical Dilemma?

When used appropriately, generative AI is a phenomenal instrument; however, a significant concern is that it could be exploited to inundate the internet with articles. Notwithstanding this, Google reportedly remunerates...

'Road House' Screenwriter Sues Amazon, MGM Over Copyright and AI Voice Duplication

The 1989 action film Road House screenwriter sues MGM Studios and its owner, Amazon Studios, alleging copyright infringement regarding the forthcoming remake. According to the Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood...

Sony PlayStation Announces Major Layoffs, Shuts Down London Studio Amid Industry Shifts

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27, that it will be laying off eight percent of its global workforce. The video game and digital entertainment unit of Sony Corporation is set to let go of 900...
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