Article first published in The Week on 14 May 2009. The author of the best-selling Afghanistan memoir The Places in Between serves as director of Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Below, he names his favorite travel books. The Baburnama by Zahiruddin Babur Shah (out of print). The 500-year-old diary of Babur, the […]
In March 2009, Rory appeared on Robert Greenwalkd’s programme “Rethinking Afghanistan”, discussing the importance of Pakistan to the region.
Rory gives presentation at Boston University on his experiences in Afghanistan and his book ‘The Places in Between’
Rory visited Boston University in January 2009, delivering a talk describing his time travelling through Afghanistan.
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 […]
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 […]
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
“Afghanistan: The Places in Between” was a lecture given by Rory on November 13, 2008 at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]