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.

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.

Cornwall and the Politics of Recognition

Cornwall and the Politics of Recognition

Is it possible to recognize a minority people without undermining the unity of the broader political community, or setting in train a process which ends in the breakup of that larger community?

The Ebola Threat: Don’t Forget the Caribbean

The Ebola Threat: Don’t Forget the Caribbean

While the world’s attention is on West Africa, Europe and the US, one should not forget the threat that Ebola poses to the Caribbean – an area where authorities may struggle to contain it.

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.

ISIS, Obama, and Jimmy Carter: When God Was On Their Side

ISIS, Obama, and Jimmy Carter: When God Was On Their Side

It is a little too cheap for Carter to criticise Obama over how he deals with ISIS due to the direct linkage with his own actions in the region over three decades ago.

Maher vs. Aslan: Islam Is Not Violent, People Are…

Maher vs. Aslan: Islam Is Not Violent, People Are…

The big foreign policy issues facing us often revolve around deeply divisive religious issues. So, we should educate ourselves rather than settle behind one talking head.

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Putin in Latin America: A New Era of Cooperation?

As Putin faces sizeable opposition from the West for its intervention in Ukraine, Russia is keen to deepen its ties with other parts of the world such as Latin America.

Beware of Hillary Clinton

Beware of Hillary Clinton

Should Clinton become president, the international community should beware. Her brand of interventionist liberalism will be toxic for the Middle East and for the west.

Mental Health and Student Welfare: A Student Reflection

Mental Health and Student Welfare: A Student Reflection

Getting the support that you are legally entitled to, and you deserve, shouldn’t be shameful or difficult. If I didn’t get it, my degree would have finished prematurely.

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.

Politics in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

Politics in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are often neglected, but they have vital links with Britain and are important global actors in their own right.

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