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Why Iran Quietly Abolished Death Penalty For Some Drug Crimes

"There's a realization by the Iranian authorities that executions have not been an effective solution to drug trafficking" Frud Bezhan writes for Radio Free Europe/Radio...

The Forthcoming Partition of Syria

"It will be years before Syria can be put back together again" In July 2016, my colleagues Christalla Yakinthou and Stefan Wolff and I published...

Iran: Toyota Apology Highlights Ongoing Fear of US Sanctions

Despite the implementation of the July 2015 nuclear deal, Iran's hope for economic recovery continues to face the fears of international companies that they...

Political WorldView Podcast: The Catalonia and Tribalism Edition

Political WorldView;s Adam Quinn and Scott Lucas are joined by University of Birmingham colleague Sumedh Rao to take on the specific issue of the...

How Iran Prevented Fall of Syria’s Assad…But Soon May Be Clashing...

Ali Younes and Shafik Mandhai write for Al Jazeera English, with a contribution from EA: In the summer of 2012, the leading commanders of the...

Political WorldView Podcast: The UK-US “Who’s In Charge Here?” Edition

EA's Political WorldView podcast is back after a summer break, with a look at political unrest both in the UK and the US. The panel...

The ISIS Affiliate Surviving in a Corner of Syria’s Southwest

For others in Syria's conflict, Jaish Khaled bin al-Waleed “is a benign tumor — it doesn’t show up on the X-rays” While the Islamic State...

Political WorldView Podcast: Oil Can’t Buy You Happiness Edition — From...

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

Political WorldView Podcast: Cyprus Has No Deal, Trump Has No Friends...

The Political WorldView panel --- Adam Quinn, Christalla Yakinthou, and Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham --- take on crises from the Mediterranean...

VideoCast: How Far Will the Saudi-Qatar Crisis Go?

On Monday, Qatar delivered a reply to a set of 13 demands by Saudi Arabia and three allies. Last month, Saudi Arabia and the UAE...

Political WorldView Podcast: Understanding The UK General Election

The Political WorldView team --- the University of Birmingham's Adam Quinn, Christalla Yakinthou, and Scott Lucas --- are joined by UK politics expert Mark...

VideoCast: UK General Election — It’s What Happens Next That Matters

In the latest University of Birmingham video analysis for the June 8 UK General Election, Scott Lucas says that it is what happens after...