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Venezuela's debt crisis deepens - expert comment from Dr Tom Long

Venezuela has been declared in default by S&P Global Ratings after missing two interest payments on its debt. Dr Tom Long, Assistant Professor in New Rising World Powers in the university's department of Politics and International Affairs, comments on this "major warning sign."

Tue 14 November 2017, 10:53 | Tags: Politics and International Studies, Venezuela

Advances for women in Saudi Arabia motivated by economics not women’s rights: Expert comment

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.

Mon 30 October 2017, 14:10 | Tags: Expert comment, Middle East, Politics and International Studies, Women

May offers "reassurance" but EU nationals still feel unwelcome: Dr Lucy Hatton

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed in a Facebook post to make it as easy as possible for EU nationals to remain in the UK.

Dr Lucy Hatton, an expert in democracy and legitimacy in the European Union, outlines her view on the story.

Catalan situation "more uncertain" as Spain celebrates its National Day

Spain's royal family has attended a National Day military parade amid a political crisis sparked by Catalonia's disputed independence referendum. Prof Richard Youngs comments.

Thu 12 October 2017, 15:38 | Tags: Politics, Europe, Politics and International Studies, Spain

1.8 million Papuans sign referendum petition - comment by Dr Keith Hyams

The most significant development in West Papua’s troubled history of the last 50 years took place yesterday, when a petition calling for a referendum on independence signed by 1.8 million Papuans, 70% of the Papuan population, was delivered to the United Nations. Dr Keith Hyams from the Department of Politics and International Studies comments.

Thu 28 September 2017, 13:21 | Tags: Politics, Politics and International Studies

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