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In the Footstep of Early Explorers: Rory Stewart on walking in Afghanistan
Join us for an evening with contemporary adventurer Rory Stewart. Stewart, explorer, former diplomat, Conservative Party leadership candidate, bestselling writer and now a Senior Fellow at Yale, will discuss his experiences of walking across Afghanistan in 2002. This event complements our current exhibition, The Romance of Ruins, which focuses on a 1764 expedition to ancient Greek sites in Anatolia, and will explore the parallels between exploring distant lands then and now.

The event begins at 6.00 pm and will last for one hour. You will also have the opportunity to put your questions to Rory Stewart and our host Louise Stewart, co-curator of The Romance of Ruins, in a special 15 minute Q&A session at the end of the event.

Jun 1, 2021 06:00 PM in London

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Rory Stewart
Rory Stewart is a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute, Yale. He focuses on contemporary politics, international development and intervention in fragile and conflict-affected states. Stewart was UK Secretary of State for International Development where he doubled UK investment in international climate and environment. Previously he served as Minister of the environment, as Minister of State for development policy in the Middle East and Asia and UK policy in Africa, Minister of State for Justice, and as Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. Earlier in his career, he served as an infantry officer and then as a UK diplomat in Indonesia, the Balkans and Iraq. He founded and ran the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan and was Director of the Carr Centre and Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Stewart has also written four books: The Places in Between, Occupational Hazards, Can Intervention Work? and The Marches.