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Dr Phillip Towle

Dr Phillip Towle

Emeritus Reader in International Relations

Office Phone: 01223 843039 or 01432 761078


Philip Towle retired from Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies in September 2012 although he continues to supervise and examine for the Department. He joined the then Centre of International Studies in 1980 and subsequently became Deputy Director and then Director. He was also a Fellow of Queens’ College and Tutor for Graduate Students. Before coming to Cambridge he had been a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University for two years where he wrote on naval policy in the Indian Ocean. He had also worked for Reuters News Agency, the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he served on British delegations to the Seabed Treaty Review Conference and the first UN Special Session on Disarmament.

Philip Towle is the editor of three books and author of nine, of which the most recent is Going to War: British Debates from Wilberforce to Blair. He has contributed some 30 chapters to books edited by other writers and over 30 articles to academic journals. He has held visiting posts at a number of universities in Britain, Australia, the United States and East Asia, and is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham.

After retirement from Cambridge Philip Towle divides his time between Cambridge and Hereford.

Research Interests

Public opinion and International Security

Key Publications

'History, Empathy and Conflict' has just been published by Palgrave.