Jennifer Welsh is a Canadian researcher, writer and consultant, currently the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect. She currently resides in Florence, Italy, where she is Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute. She is also a senior research fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford. Welsh was also a professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, part of the James Martin 21st Century School. She has also served as consultant to a number of organizations including; the Conference Board of Canada, McKinsey and Co, the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program and the Government of Canada.
Welsh was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and then went on to become a Rhodes Scholar earning her Masters and Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Welsh is the author of two books and co-editor of several others. Her latest book is At Home in the World: Canada's Global Vision for the 21st Century. In it, she provides an alternative vision for Canada's role in international relations and contends that Canada is a "Model Citizen" not a "Middle Power". Welsh suggests that Canada can play a major role in International policy if it provides a model for other countries to follow.
Welsh delivered the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, entitled The Return of History.
- 2016 Author, "The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century" (House of Anansi Press Inc.)
- 2015 Co-editor, The Responsibility to Prevent: Overcoming the Challenges of Atrocity Prevention (Oxford University Press)
- 2013 Co-editor, Just and Unjust Military Intervention: European Political Thought from Vitoria to Mill (Cambridge University Press)
- 2008 Co-editor, The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945 (Oxford University Press)
- 2007 Co-editor, Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)
- 2004 Author, At Home in the World: Canada’s Global Vision for the 21st Century (HarperCollins)
- 2003 Editor, Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations (Oxford University Press)
- 1999 Co-editor, Empire and Community: Edmund Burke's Writings and Speeches on International Relations (Westview Press)
- 1998 Co author, Chips & Pop: Decoding the Nexus Generation (Malcolm Lester Books)
- 1995 Author, Edmund Burke and International Relations (Macmillan/St. Martin's Press)
- Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict profile
- Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict
- James Martin 21st Century School
- Canada in the World: Canadian International Policy: Video interview
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