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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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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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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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IRAQ: THE QUESTION

Article first published in the New York Review of Books on 31 May 2007. The following text is based on Stewart’s dialogue about Iraq with audience members, after his discussion with broadcast journalist Dan Harris, at the Asia Society in New York on April 20, 2007. Woman in audience: I wanted to know since you […]

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RORY STEWART INTERVIEW

Article first published in Maclean’s by Michael Petrou on 13 May 2007. In January 2002, only two months after the Taliban were overthrown, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan from Herat to Kabul. He had previously served in the British foreign service and the British army. In 2003, at age 30, he became the coalition deputy […]

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AFGHANISTAN: SCOTSMAN’S TREK EXPLORES ‘PLACES IN BETWEEN’

Interview first published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty by Heather Maher on 18 August 2006. In the winter of 2002, a 29-year-old Scotsman set out from Herat, in western Afghanistan, to walk 800 kilometers to Kabul. Rory Stewart — an Oxford-educated former British Foreign Service officer — was told to expect to meet death along […]

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RORY STEWART: DAYS OF HOPE AND HUBRIS

Article first published in The Independent on 22 June 2006. It takes a mild effort, on meeting Rory Stewart, not to do a double-take. I knew he was young, but surely not this young? He is slight, with blue eyes and a wide, guileless smile, and my first thought, seeing him at his publishers’ offices, […]

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OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS INTERVIEW

Interview first published on harcourtbooks.com in 2006. Rory Stewart has covered a lot of ground—figuratively and literally. He spent sixteen months on his feet traversing Iran, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. He then embarked on the second stage of his walking tour: crossing Afghanistan from Herāt to Kabul. The Places in Between captures his experiences on that […]