I am a professional journalist and Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham, where I have worked since 1989. As a specialist in US and British foreign policy, I have written and edited nine books and more than 60 major academic articles, written and presented a radio documentary for the BBC, and co-directed the 2007 film Laban!.
I started in journalism at the age of 16 in 1979, working for a local newspaper in Alabama in the US, and stayed in touch by writing for outlets such as The Guardian, The Independent, and The New Statesman.
About the time of the 2003 Iraq War, I realized that my academic publication could not keep up with the pace and urgency of events. So I started EA WorldView where, with the help of some great people, I could publish cutting-edge news and analysis on a daily basis. Making the most of social and electronic media, we could inform readers from the “ground up”, rather than an outside view of events, in areas from the Middle East to Iran to the US and UK.
This work is complemented by regular appearances on British, American, and international radio and TV outlets including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English, Deutsche Welle, and TRT World.
I am an Adjunct Professor with the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin, a former Adjunct Professor at Tehran University, and a former member of the Executive Board of the Center for American Studies and Research at American University Beirut.
Outside EA and university, my time is best spent with my wife and two children but often disrupted by my attachment to Red Sox Nation, the Coen brothers, and a playlist from Kacey Musgraves to Father John Misty.