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PROFILE: RORY STEWART

Article first published in the New Statesman by Lucy Knight on 2 December 2008. Early life Stewart was born in Hong Kong in 1973. His father Brian, a military man had fought on the beaches of Normandy and then became a diplomat, while his mother Sally, is an academic and economist. He has two older […]

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The ‘Good War’ Isn’t Worth Fighting

First published in the New York Times on 23 November 2008. Afghanistan does not matter as much as Barack Obama thinks. Terrorism is not the key strategic threat facing the United States. America, Britain and our allies have not created a positive stable environment in the Middle East. We have no clear strategy for dealing […]

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Rory’s appearance on Desert Island Discs

Rory was invited to go on Desert Island Discs in January 2008, where he was interviewed by Kirsty Young. Click on the link below to listen to the programme, where you can find out about the eight music tracks, the book and the luxury item that Rory chose to accompany him on this imaginary island. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008pdqp 

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How to Save Afghanistan

First published in Time magazine, July 17, 2008. It is summer now in Kabul, the snow has largely melted from the 15,000-ft. (4,600 m) peaks, and I am sitting with my friends Hussein, Nabi and Zia in the garden of a 19th century fort. Nearby, 10 carpenters who work with my nongovernmental organization (NGO) are […]

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WALKING TALL – RORY STEWART INTERVIEW

Article first published in The Scotsman on 19 June 2008. When Prince Charles asked Rory Stewart to found a charity to rebuild Afghanistan, he was fully aware of the scale of the task, having earlier made an extraordinary trek across the country. Now he’s back home and eager to reacquaint himself with Britain. IN ORDER […]

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OUSTED, THE MEN WHO RUMBLED THE AFGHAN FANTASY

Michael Semple and Mervyn Patterson, who have just been expelled from Afghanistan, were two of the best political officers in the country. It would seem that they have been expelled for precisely what made them uniquely useful to Afghanistan and the international community: their courage, relationships, energy and skills, which took them to the most […]

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MY EXTREME MBA

Article first published in the Harvard Business Review by Lew McCreary in October 2007. Think back to the most eventful and challenging year of your so-far illustrious career. Times were tough, but you learned a lot from the hardest parts—the gifts that keep on giving. In fact, thanks to the refracting mists of time, you […]

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UNDAUNTED

                  Article first published in the September 2007 edition of Smithsonian Magazine by Joshua Hammer. In the mud and dust of late-winter Kabul, Rory Stewart leads me through a seedy bazaar along the north bank of the Kabul River. I follow as the British adventurer turned historic […]

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The Queen of the Quagmire

First published in the New York Review of Books, 27 October, 2007.   – Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations                         by Georgina Howell Farrar, Straus and Giroux,481 pp., $27.50 – Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser […]