David Welch

David A. Welch is CIGI Chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. His 2005 book Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change (Princeton University Press) is 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 (Cambridge University Press) is the winner of the 1994 Edgar S. Furniss Award for an Outstanding Contribution to National Security Studies.

Welch is also co-author of Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation 10th ed. (Pearson Longman, 2016); Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy had Lived (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. 2011); On the Brink: Americans and Soviets Reexamine the Cuban Missile Crisis (2nd ed., Noonday 1990); and Cuba on the Brink: Castro, The Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse (2nd ed., Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).

Welch is also co-editor of Japan as a 'Normal Country'? A Nation In Search of Its Place in the World (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and Intelligence and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Frank Cass, 1998).  His articles have appeared in Asian Perspective, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Ethics and International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Intelligence and National Security, International Security, International Journal, International Negotiation, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Mershon International Studies Review, The Review of International Studies, and Security Studies.


  1. David Welch (forthcoming) "The Justice Motive in East Asia’s Territorial Disputes" Group Decision and Negotiation
  2. David Welch 2015 "The Shifting Landscape of Conflict Management" Managing Conflict in a World Adrift Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall (eds.) 23–43 Washington, DC: United States institute of Peace Press
  3. David Welch 2014 "The Justice Motive in International Relations: Past, Present, and Future" International Negotiation 19:3 410–425
  4. David Welch 2014 "Crisis Management Mechanisms: Pathologies and Pitfalls" CIGI Paper No. 40 4 September 2014 Waterloo, ON: Centre for International Governance Innovation
  5. David Welch 2014 "The Arctic and Geopolitics" East Asia-Arctic Relations: Boundary, Security, and International Politics Kimie Hara and Ken Coates (eds.) 183-197 Waterloo, ON: Center for International Governance Innovation

Academic/Professional Awards

  1. Outstanding Performance Award for Scholarship and Teaching, University of Waterloo (2010).
  2. American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Award for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science (2008).
  3. Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Toronto (2008).
  4. Inaugural International Studies Association ISSS Best Book Award for 2005 and 2006; for "Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change" (2008).
  5. 1994 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award for an Outstanding Contribution to National Security Studies, Mershon Centre, Ohio State University; for "Justice and the Genesis of War" (1996).