David A. Welch

David A. Welch is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. An award-winning author and scholar, David is an expert in foreign policy decision making and international security, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. 

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Expertise
International Security
International Relations Theory
Foreign Policy Decision Making
Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy
Japanese Foreign and Defence Policy

Bio

David A. Welch is a CIGI senior fellow 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 work on global security and politics with particular emphasis on Asia-Pacific security.

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