David Miliband on the new arrogance of power

David Miliband

David Miliband visits the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 19th June to deliver the eighth annual Fulbright Legacy Lecture. The event starts at 5pm in Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square. Free tickets are available here:

In the 2019 Fulbright Legacy Lecture, David Miliband will use his vantage point as CEO of the International Rescue Committee to examine one of the major shifts in international relations today - away from checks and balances on the use of power, and towards an Age of Impunity. He will explain how the rules based international order forged after World War 2 is being undermined, and suggest how the multilateralist promise embodied by Senator Fulbright can be redeemed.

This event is generously supported by the Fulbright Association and the Lois Roth Endowment. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.


David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations in more than 40 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programmes in 28 United States cities. Under Miliband’s leadership, the IRC has expanded its ability to rapidly respond to humanitarian crises and meet the needs of an unprecedented number of people uprooted by conflict, war and disaster. The organisation is implementing an ambitious global strategy to bring clear outcomes, strong evidence and systematic research to the humanitarian programs through collaborative partnerships with the public and private sectors.

Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class honours degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received a master’s degree in political science in 1989 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar. From 2007 to 2010, Miliband was the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, driving advancements in human rights and representing the UK throughout the world. In 2006, as Secretary of State for the Environment, he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. He was Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013. His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton's words, as "one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time," and as an effective and passionate advocate for the world's uprooted and poor people.

Miliband’s parents fled to Britain from continental Europe during World War II and its aftermath. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Louise Shackelton, and their two sons. His first book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time, was published by TED Books in November 2017.