Jennifer Welsh

Professor in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College
Jennifer M. Welsh is Professor in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College. 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. Jennifer has taught international relations at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Central European University (Prague). She is the author, co-author, and editor of several books and articles on international relations. Her current research projects include the evolution of the notion of the ‘responsibility to protect’ in international society, the ethics of post-conflict reconstruction, the authority of the UN Security Council, and a critique of conditional notions of sovereignty. Jennifer was the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Massey College (University of Toronto) in 2005, and is a recent recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and a Trudeau Fellowship. In 2006, she joined the Board of Trustees of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, and in 2008 became a member of the Editorial Board of the BISA Series in International Relations at Cambridge University Press. Jennifer has served as a consultant to the Government of Canada on international policy, and acts as a frequent commentator in Canadian media on foreign policy and international relations. She has a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Oxford (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar).

Most Recent Posts


Where R2P Goes From Here

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August 21, 2013
An interview with Jennifer Welsh, who was recently appointed Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, on the future of norm.

Crime and Terrorism

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May 24, 2013
Jennifer Welsh on the frightening truth emerging from the killing in London: there isn't always a network behind an act of terror.

Third Time's An Alarm

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February 14, 2013
North Korea's most recent nuclear test is a serious provocation. There's a decent chance Kim Jong-un's belligerency has cost him Xi Jinping's support.

Targeted Killing on Trial

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February 8, 2013
Jennifer Welsh probes the U.S.'s practice of "targeted killing", and argues increased scrutiny may not lead to greater transparency.

Solving Syria

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January 18, 2012
As the Arab League meets to discuss intervention in Syria, Jennifer Welsh wonders what it can really do.

Solving Syria

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January 4, 2012
Solving Syria: Welsh examines the tensions between regional and international organizations.