Politics in Action – UWE Bristol

Politics in Action features regular posts by the Politics and International Relations faculty of the University of the West of England, Bristol. Posts explore staff research, innovative teaching methods, and current affairs – with the aim of connecting the academic study of Politics and IR to real world debates at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Who is Not a Refugee?

Who is Not a Refugee?

What I want to draw attention to here are the not-refugees, especially those we classify as ‘economic’ migrants but who are fleeing places in search of basic survival.

Hurricane Irma and the UK Overseas Territories

Hurricane Irma and the UK Overseas Territories

Despite talk of fundamental changes in the relationship the outcome of Irma could well be slight reform rather than major recalibration.

A Brief Reflection on the 2017 UK General Election

A Brief Reflection on the 2017 UK General Election

The lesson of the election for the Labour party is that if they want to govern again, they need to unite again. The starting point is respecting Jeremy Corbyn’s brand of politics.

UK Overseas Territories and Brexit

UK Overseas Territories and Brexit

Concerns remain that the territories could find themselves attached to a weaker and more isolated UK, which may well damage their own future security and prosperity.

The Far Right in the US and the Religious Right in Iran

The Far Right in the US and the Religious Right in Iran

In the age of Trump and a rising tide of intolerance globally, a universalist outlook that critiques all forms of repression is an important theoretical perspective to adopt.

‘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.

A soldier guards the roadside checkpoint outside of Srinagar International Airport (SXR) in Jammu and Kashmir, India.

Conflict in Kashmir: From the Ground Up

As long as the world does not pay attention to the Kashmiri narrative, Kashmir will see many more periods of agitation, disruption and protest.

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.

Trump Vs Clinton: A Post-Mortem

Trump Vs Clinton: A Post-Mortem

If party politics fails again to represent the electorate as in 2016, the only people who will be able to rise above the acrimony will be populists like Donald Trump.

Trump’s ‘Brexit Strategy’

Trump’s ‘Brexit Strategy’

Trump has defied reality by gauging that enough voters will ignore the tide of critics mobilising against him, even a growing number of senior Republican Party figures.

The Brexit Hangover

The Brexit Hangover

If the EU is to endure, experts need to understand how to recapture the population and divert them away from an empowered, and sometimes dangerous, field of populists.

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.

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