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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.

Iran: meet the men – and women – lining up to contest the early presidential election

Jun 06, 2024 11:33 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The death in a helicopter crash of the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, on May 19 has triggered a presidential election one year earlier than expected. Its a consequential moment in Iranian politics as many believed that...

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...

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Economy

Russia Poised for Aggressive 200 Basis Points Rate Hike to Tame Inflation

Russias central bank is set to raise its key interest rate by 200 basis points to 18% on July 26, according to a Reuters poll. The move aims to combat soaring inflation, currently at 9.2%, and cool the overheated...

China Cuts Key Interest Rates to Boost Economy After Disappointing Party Meeting

Chinas central bank has cut key interest rates to support the economy after a major Communist Party meeting disappointed investors by not announcing short-term stimulus measures. The rate cuts aim to bolster borrowing and...

Joe Biden Withdraws from Election, Asian Stocks Dip Despite China’s Rate Cut

Asian shares extended recent losses on July 22 despite Chinas rate cut, while Wall Street futures firmed after President Joe Biden withdrew from the election contest. This move is expected to influence economic and market...

Donald Trump's Tariff Threat Looms: China Faces Economic Decoupling Fears

As former President Donald Trump eyes a second term, Chinas economy braces for potential turmoil with new, severe trade tariffs anticipated. Analysts predict significant GDP declines and a dramatic decoupling from the U.S....

Politics

Kamala Harris’ Direct Approach on Abortion Poised to Influence 2024 Congressional and White House Races

With President Joe Biden stepping aside from the 2024 presidential race, Vice President Kamala Harris has taken the helm, bringing a forthright stance on abortion rights that Democrats hope will resonate with voters....

Hillary Clinton Champions Kamala Harris, Predicts She Will 'Prosecute A Compelling Case' Against Donald Trump

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Democrats to rally behind Vice President Kamala Harris as she prepares to face Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential race. Clintons editorial, published in The New...

Donald Trump 'Regrets' Choosing J.D. Vance as Running Mate Amid Joe Biden Withdrawal Controversy

Former President Donald Trump reportedly has second thoughts about his decision to choose J.D. Vance as his running mate following their poor handling of President Joe Bidens withdrawal from the 2024 presidential race. The...

Donald Trump Considered RFK Jr. for Key Role in Potential Second Trump Administration, Sources Say

Former President Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. engaged in multiple discussions this month, according to sources familiar with the conversations, exploring the possibility of Kennedy joining a potential second...

Science

SpaceX Completes Heat Shield Upgrade for Starship Ahead of Critical Flight 5 Test

SpaceX has completed a significant heat shield upgrade for Starship ahead of its fifth test flight. The upgrade aims to improve reentry safety following the issues from the fourth flight. A critical static fire test is...

SpaceX's New EVA Spacesuits Pass Testing for Historic Commercial Spacewalk

SpaceX has finalized acceptance testing of its new EVA spacesuits, marking a significant milestone for the Polaris Program. The suits will facilitate the first commercial spacewalk, led by entrepreneur Jared Isaacman,...

NASA and SpaceX Reveal $843M Plan to Deorbit ISS Safely in 2031

NASA and SpaceX have unveiled plans to deorbit the International Space Station by 2031. The $843 million contract awarded to SpaceX includes designing and constructing a deorbit vehicle to guide the ISS to its final...

SpaceX Reveals Cause of Falcon 9 Anomaly After Engine Failure and RUD Incident

SpaceX announced a liquid oxygen leak caused the Falcon 9s second-stage engine failure, resulting in a RUD. Despite the anomaly, the second stage was passivated successfully. SpaceX Identifies Liquid Oxygen Leak as...

Technology

Elon Musk ‘Surprised’ If Tesla FSD Isn’t ‘Unsupervised’ by Next Year, Predicts Regulatory Shift

Elon Musk foresees Teslas Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology becoming unsupervised by next year, reflecting his confidence in the systems development. Annual Predictions from Musk According to Elon Musk, it would...

iPhone SE 4 Mass Production Kicks Off This October, Early 2025 Release Expected

Apples iPhone SE 4 will begin mass production in October, with its release anticipated in early 2025. Apples Plans to Introduce a Cheaper iPhone Are Beginning to Take Shape With the iPhone SE 4 set to enter full...

Musk's Poll: Should Tesla Invest $5 Billion in xAI? Early Votes Show Strong Support

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has launched a poll asking if Tesla should invest $5 billion in his AI company, xAI, with early results favoring the proposal. Musk Characterized the Poll as an Experiment Elon Musk, CEO of...

Tesla Triples Cybertruck Production, Aims for 2025 Profitability

Tesla has announced a tripling of Cybertruck production rates, with a target of profitability by 2025. Tripled Cybertruck Production to Drive Profitability As part of its Shareholder Deck for Q2 2024, Tesla revised...
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