David Miliband warns of ‘dangerous global trend’

President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, has used a keynote lecture to warn of a new ‘arrogance of power’.

Speaking at the University, he argued that the world is moving away from multilateralism and the rule of law that he believes has defined international relations since the end of the Cold War.

Mr Miliband, who was the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010, delivered the eighth Fulbright Legacy Lecture on 19 June. 

David Miliband warns of ‘dangerous global trend’

New poll

He also commented on a new opinion poll by Ipsos Mori which found that the United States ranked near Saudi Arabia and Russia in a list of states that are perceived to use their global influence for negative purposes.

The survey of 17,000 people in 24 countries also showed that people in the UK and Sweden were most likely to say trade should only be between countries with a good human rights record, even if it harms the economy. Fifty per cent of respondents from these countries agreed, compared to a global average of 36%.

The poll shows that around the world large numbers of people are looking for commitment to human rights and global engagement. However it should be shocking that the US should be perceived to have descended to the level of Russia as a global spoiler.

David MilibandPresident and CEO, International Rescue Committee

Fulbright Lecture

The University of Edinburgh’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is home to the Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship, which enables US academics to spend time at Edinburgh, teaching, giving public lectures and conducting research.

The annual Fulbright Legacy Lecture invites a distinguished speaker to present an individual lecture at Edinburgh, or a lecture series at Edinburgh, Oxford and London (King’s College) universities.

The Fulbright Commission, named after former United States Senator J. William Fulbright, was established in 1948 to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the UK and the US.

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