The Roth Endowment supports an annual series of three lectures by prominent figures in international relations, in honor of the life and work of Senator J. William Fulbright, who spent four years at Pembroke College in Oxford from 1924 to 1928. The Fulbright Legacy Lectures are co‐sponsored by the US‐UK Fulbright Commission, Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations, Pembroke College, Kings College London and the University of Edinburgh.
The ninth annual Fulbright Legacy Lectures were given by Right Honorable David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. He spoke at the University of Edinburgh, King’s College London and Pembroke College, University of Oxford, from June 19-21, 2019.
In his lecture titled “The New Arrogance of Power: Global Politics in an Age of Impunity,” Mr. Miliband examined the shift today in international relations away from checks and balances on the use of power, and towards an age of impunity. His explanation of how the rules-based international order forged after World War II is being undermined serves as an urgent call to preserve the rule of law and protect the most vulnerable. The title of his lecture is a nod to Senator Fulbright’s 1966 speech on “The Arrogance of Power,” which he subsequently expanded into a book of the same name that became a bestseller. In the lectures, Miliband referenced the Senator’s work to shine a light on the challenges we face today and suggest how the multilateralist promise he embodied can be redeemed. It was most appropriate that his lecture series coincided with the International Day of the Refugee on June 20.
A video of the lecture delivered at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, is available on their website.
For a complete list of Fulbright Legacy Lecture speakers, please consult the List of Honorees.