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Speaker Series with David Miliband

A conversation on the global refugee crisis

The Series features talks by distinguished scholars and policymakers with the goal of fostering discussions about successes and challenges in the field of poverty alleviation.

Event Details:

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT


Virtual Event

This event is open to:

General Public

On Thursday, October 29, the Stanford King Center on Global Development held a Speaker Series with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, who discussed the global refugee crisis. The conversation was moderated by Pascaline Dupas, the King Center faculty director and professor of economics, and Jeremy M. Weinstein, professor of political science and Fisher Family Director of Stanford Global Studies.

There are nearly 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 26 million refugees who have left their home countries. As the number of people fleeing conflict, persecution, and the effects of climate change continues to rise, most refugees will continue to be hosted in low- and middle-income countries. Miliband will discuss the challenges and opportunities for addressing this humanitarian crisis, including employment, education, support for local economies, and resettlement efforts.


Watch the recording of the event.

About the speaker:

David Miliband

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 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.

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