Press Release

Former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband Appointed Fisher Family Fellow with Future of Diplomacy Project

Mar. 22, 2012

Cambridge MA -- The Future of Diplomacy Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has announced that David Miliband, former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, will be joining its 2012 class of Fisher Family Fellows. Miliband will be in residence with the Project from April 2-5 and will be co-teaching a Master Class with Project Faculty Director R. Nicholas Burns. He will also participate in a public discussion with another Fisher Family Fellow, Javier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO, on April 3 and will engage with Harvard Kennedy School faculty and students in small discussion formats. 

Miliband currently serves as a Member of Parliament (MP), representing South Shields, having been first elected in 2001. He was appointed to the cabinet post of Foreign Secretary by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in June 2007 and served in that role until May 2010, making him the youngest person to hold the post since David Owen 30 years earlier. 

Miliband studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1988 he won a Kennedy Scholarship to study for a Masters' Degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Upon returning to the UK, Miliband worked in a variety of policy positions for several organizations. 

From 1994-97, Miliband served as Head of Policy for Tony Blair, working on the policies that would help propel the Labour Party into government. He served as head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit on Downing Street during Labour's first term in office from 1997-01. 

Under Prime Minister Tony Blair, Miliband served as Environment Secretary, focusing on making climate change a priority for UK policy makers, after having served in various junior ministerial posts, including at the Department for Education and Skills. 

As Fisher Family Fellow, Miliband will guest lecture in a number of courses taught by Harvard Kennedy School faculty and will co-instruct a Master Class that will address the future of the Middle East peace process, the international community’s response to Iran and necessary steps toward a negotiated peace in Afghanistan.

The Fellows’ work at Harvard Kennedy School is made possible through The Richard and Nancy Fisher Family Fellows Program, created by Nancy and Richard W. Fisher, AB ’71, long-time supporters of Harvard University’s international engagement and teaching. Other 2012 Fisher Family Fellows include Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India; and Javier Solana, former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and former NATO Secretary General.

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For Academic Citation:Former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband Appointed Fisher Family Fellow with Future of Diplomacy Project.” Press Release, March 22, 2012.