2019 Oxford Fulbright Distinguished Lecture in International Relations: ‘The New "Arrogance of Power": Global Politics in an Age of Impunity’

In the 2019 Oxford Fulbright Distinguished Lecture in International Relations, 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 II is being undermined, and suggest how the multilateralist promise embodied by Senator Fulbright can be redeemed.

These annual lectures commemorate former US Senator J. William Fulbright, alumnus of Pembroke College, Oxford and founder of the Fulbright Program, one of the most prestigious international education award programs in the world. DPIR is delighted to co-host this event with Pembroke College, the Fulbright Commission, the Fulbright Association, and the Lois Roth Endowment.

David Miliband is the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. He oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States and the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.

David has had a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. 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.” In 2016 David was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine and in 2018 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

David is also the author of the upcoming book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time. As the son of refugees, David brings a personal commitment to the IRC’s work and to the premise of the book: that we can rescue the dignity and hopes of refugees and displaced people. And if we help them, in the process we will rescue our own values.