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THE HOUSE OF STEWART

Article first published on Politics Home by Paul Waugh on 6 November 2014. He has, famously, been a deputy governor of an Iraqi province, an adviser to the Obama administration and part-time tutor to Princes William and Harry. He walked thousands of miles across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, worked with the UN in Bosnia and […]

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Rory Stewart interview: Britain’s strategic gap

Article first published in Prospect Magazine by Jay Elwes on 18 September 2014. “It was very striking when the Russia crisis broke out for example that there were only two people left [in the Defence Intelligence unit] working on Russia.” “There was no Crimea desk officer,” in the service, which provides strategic defence intelligence to […]

Rory’s interview with The New Republic

Article first published in The New Republic by Alex Palmer on 10 September 2014. There’s a moment toward the end of The Places in Between, the book that established Rory Stewart as a celebrity intellectual, when he happens upon a frozen lake. Places chronicles Stewart’s solo trek across war-torn Afghanistan in 2002, and in this passage, he arrives on […]

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CAIRN REPLACES CHAIN AS SYMBOL OF UNION

Article first published in The Sunday Times by Mark Macaskill and Jack Grimston on 13 July 2014. A member of parliament who wanted 100,000 people to link hands along the Scottish border in protest at Alex Salmond’s independence plans said he had been forced to drop the idea after health and safety fears were raised. Rory […]

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Rory Stewart walks Hadrian’s Wall

Article first published in The Financial Times on 20 June 2014. Hadrian’s Wall begins a little bewilderingly, buried under the settlements east of Newcastle, but stretches into some of the loveliest, loneliest country in Britain. Segedunum, the fort at the eastern end of the wall, has been excavated from under tight terraces of Victorian housing […]

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‘The secret of modern Britain is there is no power anywhere’

Article first published in The Guardian, by Decca Aitkenhead on January 3rd, 2014 If the 15-year-old Rory Stewart could see himself today at 40, “he would think I was a bit pathetic”. He would see at once “all the ways in which I’ve compromised, and sold out. And he would be absolutely right.” What would […]

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RORY STEWART: ADVENTURER, ACADEMIC, MP…PM?

Article first published in The Times by Sathnam Sanghera on 4 December 2013. Rory Stewart is 40 years old but seems to have packed more than a century of experience into his four decades. Studying at Balliol College, Oxford, he was hired by Prince Charles to be summer tutor to Prince William and Prince Harry. […]

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MP’S WALKABOUT TESTS TRUE GRASSROOTS’ APPETITE FOR SEPARATION

Article first published in The Times by Magnus Linklater on 14 September 2013. For Rory Stewart, getting to know a country means walking over it. As a youthful diplomat in his twenties he learnt about rural Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and India by walking through them, covering 6,000 miles, staying in village houses and talking to […]