Article first published in The House by Jon Ashmore on 8 January 2016. Rory Stewart has certainly not had the easiest of times lately. While the rest of us were tucking into turkey, the Environment Minister was crossing the country helping co-ordinate the response to the massive floods in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. We meet […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]