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Azal Ashraf

Azal Ashraf

Lecturer in School of Politics & International Relations, Loughborough University
Afzal Ashraf has broad experience of International Relations and security issues, both as a practitioner and as an academic. This includes service as a senior officer in the UK Armed Forces in operations ranging from famine relief in Africa to stabilisation operations in the South Atlantic, deterrence support in the Cold War and strategic aspects of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked in support of diplomacy in the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in information fusion, analysis and communication in some of UK’s security related government departments. He has been Head of Training Management for the Royal Air Force where he had responsibility for physical fitness, combat survival and through life learning. He has run a private security consultancy covering areas such as cyber security and countering violent extremism and was a Consultant Fellow at the UK’s oldest Think Tank, the Royal United Services Institute.

Afzal Ashraf has been teaching undergraduates and post graduates a range of international relations and security modules, including designing new ones, at Russell Group Universities in recent years. Before coming to Loughborough University he was Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham where he is now a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism. He is in demand as a commentator on current affairs, with over 200 television and radio appearances in less than a year on national and international channels and was nominated for University of Nottingham’s 2018 Impact Awards.

Ukraine war: Sweden and Finland eye the Nato option, but it's a security dilemma for the west

Apr 16, 2022 02:31 am UTC| Politics

The Kremlin has issued an ominous warning to Nato about the consequences for the Baltic if it allows Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, as has been widely reported. Dmitry Medvedev, a former president and a close...

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Economy

McDonald's is returning to Ukraine after shutting down six months ago due to the Russian invasion.

McDonalds announced on Thursday, Aug. 11, that it has decided to re-open some of its restaurant outlets in Ukraine. The fast-food brands return to the country comes after it shut down its stores six months ago due to the...

Lyons Magnus' expanded beverage recall now includes the risk of botulinum food poisoning.

Lyons Magnus, a leader in the food service industry, has expanded its recall to include more than 30 other beverage brands in the list. Earlier this month, it already issued a recall to Oatly, Stumptown, Glucerna, Aloha...

KFC Australia added its first plant-based food item to the menu but for a limited time only.

KFC launched its first plant-based food option in Australia, and the new meatless item is chicken popcorn. This bite-size vegan chicken menu is available only in select locations in New South Wales. As per The Daily...

HiteJinro has yet to reach a settlement with its unionized drivers even after five months into the conflict.

HiteJinro and its truck drivers are still in sort of fight mode as they have yet to resolve their issues. It was reported that there was hardly any sign of possible settlement between the unionized workers and the company...

GS Retail decided to cease the operations of its Lalavla H&B stores due to sales decline.

GS Retail Co. owns Lalavla health and beauty stores in South Korea. The supermarket chain company announced on Thursday, Aug. 11, that it would be closing all of its Lalavla outlets after 17 years since entering the health...

Politics

In a letter to colleagues, Pelosi said the House will pass the Senate-approved Inflation Reduction Act on Friday.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber is set to pass the Senate-approved Inflation Reduction Act. Pelosi said the House of Representatives will pass the major legislation on Friday. In a letter to colleagues,...

The Swedish government has agreed to extradite a Turkish national wanted for bank card fraud as part of its agreement with Turkey over NATO.

The Swedish government agreed this week to extradite a man convicted of fraud to Turkey. The extradition comes as Turkey demanded several people be extradited as part of the deal for the countrys bid to join the NATO...

Johnson spoke to his UAE counterpart where they spoke about the importance of cooperation between the two countries especially surrounding Ukraine and other global issues.

This week, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. The two leaders brought up the importance of coordination between the two countries surrounding Ukraine. In a...

A bombing at a seminary in Kabul killed prominent Taliban scholar Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani.

Another attack occurred in Afghanistans capital Kabul this week, adding to the increasing attacks that took place within the country. A bombing at a seminary in Kabul has killed a prominent Taliban scholar. Taliban...

Science

When compared to the current approach of extracting methane gas from organic waste resources and then reforming it into hydrogen, the technology SK ecoplant is developing can cut the time needed for the manufacture of hydrogen by more than 20 times.

SK ecoplant Co. plans to develop a technology to produce hydrogen through a fermentation process where microorganisms eat and decompose organic matter in the absence of light When compared to the current approach of...

The research team completed a patent application, trademark application, and vegan certification for the research findings.

A Keimyung University research team has reproduced the taste and fragrance of civet coffee, known as kopi luwak, by scientifically identifying the digestion and fermentation conditions where civets live. Consequently,...

Landsat at 50: How satellites revolutionized the way we see – and protect – the natural world

Fifty years ago, U.S. scientists launched a satellite that dramatically changed how we see the world. It captured images of Earths surface in minute detail, showing how wildfires burned landscapes, how farms erased...

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What science says about the best ways to cool down

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Technology

Apple has reportedly invested $10 million for original podcasts that could later be turned into movies and TV shows for Apple TV+

Apple is reportedly increasing its investments in the podcast arena by closing deals with more production studios for original content. But this effort will not only benefit Apples podcast business as the iPhone maker...

LaLiga Tech has aided sports properties to safeguard over $9.2 billion in content and build more beneficial and direct links with their fans, demonstrating technology's potential to improve the business.

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple will raise iPhone 14 costs, possibly increasing the base model’s price to nearly $1,000

Apple managed to implement significant upgrades to the iPhone line in recent years without drastically increasing its retail prices. That might change, however, the tech giant is expected to increase prices for the iPhone...

Microsoft says making Activision Blizzard games exclusive to Xbox will not be profitable in response to Sony’s criticisms of the $68.7 billion acquisition

Microsoft has responded to Sonys criticisms of its potential acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In a 27-page letter to Brazils competition regulator, the Xbox parent company has once again implied that Call of Duty will...
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