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.

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.

The Left’s Europe Problem

The Left’s Europe Problem

What’s a Social Democrat to do? One solution is to push for enhanced powers for the EU Parliament. Another is to consider that EU institutions may have to be re-imagined.

Will the Caribbean’s Reparations Claim Succeed?

Will the Caribbean’s Reparations Claim Succeed?

The Caribbean countries have attempted to link their present-day ills to the role of slavery and colonial rule, and seek reparations as part of a new development agenda.

States, Migrants, and Rights

States, Migrants, and Rights

Today, refugees are increasingly at risk in the context of a European approach to migration which has once again made refugees deportable. This trend requires attention.

Iran: New Year, Same Old Problems

Iran: New Year, Same Old Problems

As Iranians celebrate Nowruz, their New Year, they wake up to the same old problems. A truly new Iranian year would be one without the Clerical Regime.

Referendum at Gun Point and the Crisis in Ukraine: Beyond the Propaganda

Referendum at Gun Point and the Crisis in Ukraine: Beyond the Propaganda

The situation affecting Ukraine is the worst geopolitical crisis Europe has witnessed since the end of the Cold War. It represents a serious threat to European security

Robocop and Iran

Robocop and Iran

The 2014 remake of ‘Robocop’ presents lots of interesting talking points for those in the IR community such as the debate over a US war with Iran & the use of killer robots.

A Silenced Voice: Using Personal Experience to Unpack Stereotypes

A Silenced Voice: Using Personal Experience to Unpack Stereotypes

When people are spoken ‘about’ or ‘for’, generalisations become common. Giving the silenced a voice of their own offers a solution to this problem.

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