Last updated on: 9/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

David Miliband, MA Biography

Title:
Former British Member of Parliament and former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“[W]hen the Arab Peace Initiative was launched in 2002 it was simply not given the attention it deserved. It was – and still is – one of the most significant and promising developments since the start of the conflict. My belief is that the time has come to build on this initiative and ensure Arab leaders are part of a renewed comprehensive peace process – active participants with interests and responsibilities, not substituting for Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, but not passive spectators either. It is an argument that I make not just to you in the Arab world, but to all Britain’s international partners.”

“Arab Peace Initiative,” Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, www.fco.gov.uk, Nov. 24, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and CEO, International Rescue Committee (IRC), 2013-present
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, 2013-present
  • Member of Parliament, United Kingdom, 2001-2013
  • Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, United Kingdom, 2007-2010
  • Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom, 2006
  • Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom, 2005
  • Cabinet Office Minister, United Kingdom, 2004
  • Head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, Labour Party, 1997-2001
  • Head of Policy for Tony Blair, Labour Party, 1994-1997
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research, 1989-1994
  • Former Researcher, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Education:
  • MA, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989
  • PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, 1987
Other:
  • Won a Kennedy Scholarship to study for a Masters’ Degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988
  • Married to Louise, a violinist, with two sons – Isaac and Jacob