Jennifer Welsh


HarperCollins Canada Fall 2004


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. She is the author of three scholarly books, including Edmund Burke and International Relations (St. Martin's Press), praised by Francis Fukuyama as "thoughtful and illuminating." 

In addition to her academic career, Jennifer Welsh 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 was born in Saskatchewan, Canada.