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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Philip Towle retired from Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies in September 2012 although he continues to examine theses for the Department and for several other universities. 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 from 1978 to 1980 when he wrote on naval policy in the Indian Ocean. He had also worked for Reuters News Agency, the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he served on British delegations to the Seabed Treaty Review Conference and the UN’s Committee on Disarmament.  

Philip Towle is the author of nine books and the editor of three. His most recent book is History, Empathy and Conflict (Palgrave, 2018). 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 universities in Australia, the United States and East Asia, and was lastly Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham.


Arms control, public opinion and International Security


Key publications: 

Going to War: British Debates from Wilberforce to Blair, (Palgrave, 2009)

From Ally to Enemy: Anglo-Japanese Military Relations 1900-1945, (Global Oriental, 2006)

Enforced Disarmament from the Napoleonic Campaigns to the Gulf War, (Clarendon, 1997)

Emeritus Reader in International Relations
Dr Phillip  Towle

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