Political WorldView Podcast: Oil Can’t Buy You Happiness Edition — From Venezuela to Saudi Arabia

A riot control officer aims his weapon at a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, July 27, 2017 (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

The Political WorldView panel — Adam Quinn, Christalla Yakinthou, and Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham — take on oil, trouble, and ambition this week.

First, guest Louis Monroy Santander outlines the political and domestic unrest in Venezuela — is this the end for the Chavista experiment amid inflation of up to 1,000%, food shortages, tension with neighboring Colombia, and protests on the streets?

Then it’s a look at a catalytic moment in Saudi Arabia, both for the Kingdom and the region, as the 31-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman takes charge with a daring economic program and risky foreign ventures.

In between it’s Numbers of the Week, from a hopeful initiative among refugees to the less hopeful spectacle of the Trump Administration and its new Communications Director/wannabe enforcer Anthony Scaramucci.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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