“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
The Right Honourable Douglas Alexander was Shadow Foreign Secretary for Her Majesty’s Official Opposition in the U.K. from 2011-15. Currently, he serves as a Visiting Professor at King's College, London. In November 2015, Douglas was appointed senior advisor to Bono. In this capacity, he will be advising Bono on how best to secure investment to tackle global poverty, particularly in Africa. Alexander previously held numerous senior U.K. Ministerial positions (2001-10), including as Minister for Europe, as Secretary of State for International Development and U.K.'s Governor of the World Bank. In addition, Alexander coordinated the Labour Party’s 2001 general election campaign for then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Alexander was in residence with the Future of Diplomacy Project as Fisher Family Fellow in spring 2013 and autumn 2015. During this time, he conducted a number of seminars and public discussions on the future of transatlantic relations, the rise of populism in Europe, and Britain’s relation to the E.U. He also participated in several panel discussions on Europe Week and Strategic Health Diplomacy with foreign policy experts and officials at Harvard and beyond.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm