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CAMBRIDGE, MA – Respected scholar, author and activist Rory Stewart has been named director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Stewart will assume his new position on January 1, 2009.
Stewart is 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. He previously worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq, serving as deputy governorate coordinator (Amara/Maysan) and senior advisor and deputy governorate coordinator (Nasiriyah/Dhi Qar). Stewart also served as an officer in the British Army and worked for the British Diplomatic Service in Indonesia, Montenegro and elsewhere. He is author of ‘The Prince of the Marshes” and “The Places in Between,” a critically acclaimed book that chronicled his 6,000 mile journey by foot across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.
“Rory Stewart has had a remarkably diverse and impressive career,” said David T. Ellwood, dean of Harvard Kennedy School. “His depth and breadth of experience and his exposure to some of the world’s most pressing human rights issues position him perfectly to lead the Carr Center in the years ahead.”
Stewart, who earned his B.A. and M.A. in Modern History and Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, previously served as a Research Fellow at the Carr Center during the 2004-05 academic year.
“The Carr Center has led some of the most thoughtful and challenging work in the human rights field over the last ten years,” said Stewart, “and it is a great privilege to return to it. I look forward to working with scholars, practitioners and students in making human rights a critical component in the formation of solid public policy in the U.S. and across the world.”
Stewart will succeed Sarah Sewall, who is completing her third year as director of the Carr Center. Sewall will continue to serve on the Kennedy School faculty and focus her research on international security.