Author profile: Phil Cole

Phil Cole

Professor Phillip Cole is Programme Leader for Politics and International Relations at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is co-author of Debating the Ethics of Immigration: Is There a Right to Exclude? (OUP, 2011)

‘Trumpism’ and the Future of International Politics: The Return of Realism

‘Trumpism’ and the Future of International Politics: The Return of Realism

Trump’s presidency represents a radical break in international politics. Under Trumpism rules are for losers. Realism has returned, and liberal internationalism is, for now anyway, dead.

Framing the Refugee

Framing the Refugee

Unless citizens are willing to problematize their own position, power and safety, they must accept that they are not willing to take the Refugee Question seriously.

The Rationality Gap: Brexit and the Immigration Question

The Rationality Gap: Brexit and the Immigration Question

If Britain abandons reason and principle, we will not be able to reclaim them and we will end up back in a place which we thought Europe had left behind forever.

What’s Wrong with the Refugee Convention?

What’s Wrong with the Refugee Convention?

The UN Refugee Convention and the rights and obligations which flow from it are inadequate and need to be fundamentally revised.

Who is a Refugee?

Who is a Refugee?

The very idea of who counts as a refugee is at stake due to new political discourse, and that may have dangerous consequences for all those seeking asylum around the world.

Europe’s Response to Migrant Tragedy in the Mediterranean

Europe’s Response to Migrant Tragedy in the Mediterranean

Recent EU responses should make us wonder whether the political atmosphere around migration in Europe means that the continent has journeyed to the heart of darkness.

Global Warming: Is Paris the Last-chance Saloon?

Global Warming: Is Paris the Last-chance Saloon?

Global warming’s last-chance saloon will soon be upon us. Yet, far from acting together, we have various gangs ready to shoot each other in the back while the piano-player plays on.

Anarchy in the UK? Debating the Scottish Referendum Aftermath: Part 1

Anarchy in the UK? Debating the Scottish Referendum Aftermath: Part 1

The UK public have an appetite for change but not for unpredictability. That makes the whole process a political minefield running up to the 2015 General Election.

Drowning Migrants Is Not the Answer

Drowning Migrants Is Not the Answer

Criminalization is not the answer to the movement of people across the Mediterranean. We have to recognize that it is this act of criminalization which is killing people, not the desire to migrate.

The Irresistible Rise of Nigel Farage

The Irresistible Rise of Nigel Farage

Winning an MP is the latest step in what looks like an unstoppable march to power and influence by Nigel Farage and his eurosceptic UK Independence Party.

How to Create British Values

How to Create British Values

There is nothing wrong with endorsing freedom, tolerance and respect for the law as values. But claiming that they emerge from a particular national identity is divisive.

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