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David A. Welch, Background

David A. Welch is a CIGI senior fellow, chair of global security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. He is also founder of the Japan Futures Initiative. David’s 2005 book, Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change, was the inaugural winner of the International Studies Association ISSS Book Award for the best book published in 2005 or 2006, and his 1993 book, Justice and the Genesis of War, won the 1994 Edgar S. Furniss Award for an outstanding contribution to national security studies.

He is the author of Decisions, Decisions: The Art of Effective Decision-Making and co-author ofVietnam If Kennedy Had LivedThe Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise HistoryOn the Brink: Americans and Soviets Reexamine the Cuban Missile Crisis; and Cuba on the Brink: Castro, The Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse.

David is co-editor of Intelligence and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Asian Perspective, Ethics and International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Intelligence and National Security, International Security, International Journal, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Mershon International Studies Review, The Review of International Studies, and Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1990.

At CIGI, David will contribute to CIGI’s global security & politics program with particular emphasis on Asia-Pacific security and will continue to serve as principal host of CIGI’s Inside the Issues video podcast series.

Notable Media & Presentations

  1. Welch, David, Blight, James G. and janet M. Lang (2009). Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  2. Welch, David. (2008). “Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis for Nuclear Crisis Management and Their Implications for U.S.-Chinese Relations” in Perspectives on Sino-American Strategic Nuclear Issues, edited by Christopher Twomey. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. Welch, David and Don Munton (2007). The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History. New York: Oxford University Press.
  4. Welch, David (2006). “The Impact of the ‘Vietnam Syndrome’ on U.S. Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World,” in Globalization and Conflict, edited by Robert A. Patman. London: Routledge.
  5. Welch, David (2005). Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

In the News

  1. What happens next? The state of international security after flight MH17, Dilys Chan, BNN, July 19, 2014
  2. Terrorism and Self-Radicalization, 570News, July 3, 2013
  3. Frontière turco-syrienne: des antimissiles Patriot déployés (Interview in French), Laura-Julie Perreault, La Presse, December 6, 2012
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