Jennifer Welsh
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AT HOME IN THE WORLD: Canada’s Global Vision for the 21st Century

A recent cover story in the Canadian edition of Time trumpeted: “Would anyone notice if Canada disappeared?” The magazine asserted that Canada’s influence in the world is shrinking fast and that something must be done — now.

Jennifer Welsh, one of this country’s most visionary and accomplished young minds, has an intelligent and innovative plan of action to bolster our diminishing international status and build a coherent direction for the future. This strategy is unabashedly critical of worn-out national myths, yet radical enough to propose a rethinking of our role as global citizens.

At Home in the World examines Canada’s position, both present and future, within two spheres: that of North America and that of the wider world. It details the many challenges that our country faces, such as:
- Political complacency
- Pressures to continentalize
- The changing security landscape
- American global power
- The shake-up of our international institutions

Welsh also insists that our obsession for a healthy relationship with the United States cannot come at the expense of an international vocation. Canadians have long been instinctively global — at home in the world — and take their global rights and responsibilities seriously. It’s time for our governments and policy makers to reflect our confidence beyond our borders. Now, perhaps more than ever, an active global citizenship is required if Canada is to contribute to solving the world’s most pressing problems.

Jennifer Welsh is University Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Somerville College and the author of three scholarly books.

1.) Edmund Burke and International Relations was published by St. Martin's Press, 1995 and hailed by critics. Francis Fukuyama wrote: "This is a thoughtful and illuminating analysis ... While critical of Burke in many respects, the author sees a larger consistency in his thought that is relevant to contemporary foreign affairs."

According to Welsh, The mind of Edmund Burke has attracted the attention of political theorists, historians and biographers, one aspect of his thought has thus far been neglected: his perspective on international relations. This book addresses that gap by analysing Burke's reactions to the major international events of his time. Part I explores Burke's 'constitutionalist' vision of international society in the late 18th century - a society he refers to as the Commonwealth of Europe. Part II present a stark contrast: Burke's conservative crusade against the French Revolution. The book argues that the apparent tension between Burke's constitutionalism and crusading can be reconciled by his broader conception of international order and legitimacy.

2) Empire and Community: Edmund Burke's Writings and Speeches on International Relations: (Westview Press, 1999)

Jennifer Welsh and David Fidler establish Burke as a 'classical thinker' on international relations and help to situate his thinking within current international relations theory. Their detailed introduction is followed by edited selections from Burke's writings and speeches on Ireland, America, India, and the French Revolution.

Stanley Hoffmann noted: "Empire and Community is an excellent selection and it will be very widely used in courses on the history of the political philosophy of international relations ... The two editors have performed a real service for students of international affairs."

3) Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations: Oxford University Press, 2004

Should states use military force for humanitarian purposes? What are the challenges to international society posed by humanitarian intervention in a post September 11th world? This path-breaking work brings together well-known scholars of law, philosophy, and international relations, together with practitioners who have been actively engaged in intervention during the past decade.

Jennifer Welsh was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters and Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar). She is a former Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute in Florence, and was a Cadieux Research Fellow in the Policy Planning Staff of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She has taught international relations at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Central European University. She is currently In addition to her academic career, Jennifer spent five years in the private sector – first as a consultant with the international firm, McKinsey and Co., and subsequently as a partner in d~Code, a research and strategy firm focused on the “Nexus Generation.” She is a member of the Banff Forum, the Pacific Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

HarperCollins Canada Fall 2004
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