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THE LEGACY OF LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

Article first published in the New Statesman by Rachel Cooke on 25 January 2010. I might as well come clean: I have something bordering on an obsession with Rory Stewart. Who is he, and where did he come from? Technically, I know the answers to these questions. He comes from Crieff, in Perthshire, and he […]

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RORY STEWART’S AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE

Article first published in The Guardian by Julian Glover on 14 January 2010. A short burst of semi-­automatic gunfire rings out from the bushes. ­Moments later, we pass a burned-out tank and a huddle of men in uniform; a gun sounds closer by and its shots echo from the fells. My walking companion, Rory Stewart, doesn’t even […]

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observations on walking with rory

  So on day one I meet Rory. And on day two I join him on his walk. And we walk as it happens from Morland to Penrith, through the mid grey of a winter morning with hardly a breath of wind and just the touch of a sneeze of rain. For the morning, we […]

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RORY STEWART: A NEW KIND OF TORY

Article first published in the Daily Telegraph by Anna van Praagh on 1 November 2009. Britain doesn’t make men like Rory Stewart any more. The former diplomat has trekked 6,000 miles across Asia; at 28, wrote a best-selling book, The Places in Between, about the walk; was governor of a province in Iraq at 29; […]

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OBAMA’S WAR

Transcript first published on pbs.org on 21 September 2009. What has the Obama administration proposed for Afghanistan? The Obama administration has proposed a very, very narrow objective, which is counterterrorism, and a very maximalist, broad definition of how to achieve it, which extends to counterinsurgency and the defeat of the Taliban, and basically the fixing […]

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RORY STEWART: THE PM KNOWS WE SHOULDN’T BE IN AFGHANISTAN

Article first published in the Evening Standard on 12 August 2009. The man who briefs Obama’s team has a new mission: to clean up British politics. Will Parliament prove even more dangerous for Rory Stewart than Kabul or Iraq? The ground covered by Rory Stewart, who is 36, is remarkable. A soldier, a diplomat, a […]

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Lunch with the Financial Times

Article first published in The Financial Times by Emily Stokes on 1 August 2009. I was thinking we should do questions first and chat later,” says Rory Stewart, 36 and director of the Carr Centre for Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School. I ask if the distinction is absolutely necessary; we are, after all, settling down […]

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RORY STEWART I PRESUME

Article first published in The Guardian by Jason Bourke on 17 May 2009. A chilly spring evening in Kabul. On a hill in the southwest of the city is a mud-walled fort. Behind its high walls are a series of courtyards, corridors with traditional wooden carved panels and ornate shelving in moulded clay. In the […]

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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 […]