Rory Stewart, the
Ryan Family Professor of the Practice of Human Rights, is the Director of the Carr Center
for Human Rights Policy. Stewart is the founder and Chief Executive of the
Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated
to the regeneration of the historic commercial center of Kabul, Afghanistan. Rory earned
his BA and MA in Modern History and Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol
College, Oxford University, served as an officer in the British Army, and worked for
the British Diplomatic Service in Indonesia, Montenegro and elsewhere, before taking
two years to walk from Turkey to Bangladesh. He covered 6,000 miles on foot
across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal - a journey which he describes
in his critically acclaimed book entitled The Places in Between. In 2003 he started
working for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq as Deputy Governorate
Coordinator (Amara/Maysan) and Senior Adviser and Deputy Governorate Coordinator
(Nasiriyah/Dhi Qar). In recognition of his service in Iraq, he was awarded the
Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the British Government in 2004. He wrote
Occupational Hazards: My Time Governing in Iraq, published in the United States
under the title The Prince of the Marshes, describing his experiences with the
CPA. Rory spent the 2004-05 academic year at HKS as a Fellow at the Carr Center.
He has also written for the New York Times Magazine and the London Review of Books,
among other publications.
Harvard Kennedy School profile
Rory Stewart's Personal Web site
Please note: Rory Stewart is on public service leave from Harvard as of March 31, 2010.
Rory has been elected as a Member of Parliament for Penrith and the Border in the UK.