The decisions to allow Saudi women to attend sports events for the first time comes soon after the repeal of the ban on women’s driving and are examples of how the Saudi authorities are trying to liberalize Saudi society. However, their aim is to improve Saudi Arabia’s economy and reduce dependency on the oil sector, says Dr Nicola Pratt, Reader in International Politics of the Middle East from the Univesrity of Warwick.
"Over the last six months, the Obama administration has moved through all the expected stages of a war on terror."
Dr Oz Hassan from the University of Warwick Politics and International Studies department shares thoughts on the latest events in US politics.
The more oil a country produces, the more likely a foreign power will intervene in its internal conflicts, according to new research from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth & Essex.
When the Foreign Secretary spoke in the House of Commons about events in Iraq he restated the UK government’s estimate that 400 British citizens have been active in the war in Syria, and therefore the assumption is that some of these individuals will be fighting with ISIS in Iraq. Whilst this figure may be surprising to many, it actually downplays the nature and scale of the threat faced by the UK and the challenges it poses to the UK’s security services.