Culture, Conservation and Conflict - Afghanistan

Culture, Conservation and Conflict - Afghanistan

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A lecture with Rory Stewart - author, TV presenter, conservationist, and new Member of Parliament. Presented by The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre

Rory Stewart OBE DUniv served as an officer in the Black Watch before joining the British Diplomatic Service, serving in the British Embassy in Indonesia ,and, in the wake of the Kosovo campaign as the British Representative in Montenegro.

From 2000-2002 he walked alone on foot across Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal, a journey of 6000 miles. His walk across Afghanistan shortly after the US invasion is described in his award winning book, The Places in Between.

In 2003, he became coalition Deputy Governor of two provinces in southern Iraq and his second book The Prince of the Marshes and Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq, outlines his experiences after coalition forces entered Iraq, and his efforts to lead development projects and establish a functional government.

Rory then moved to Kabul, Afghanistan where he was founder and Chief Executive of Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit, NGO investing in the development of Afghanistan’s traditional crafts and the rehabilitation of the commercial heart of the old city of Kabul.

He has written for publications including the New York Times, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, Sunday Times, Guardian, Financial Times and Granta, and won a number of international awards for his writing.

Rory was appointed Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights at Harvard last year and then became Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

This January he presented a two-part series on ‘The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia’ on BBC2 TV.

Rory was elected as Member of the Westminster Parliament for Penrith and the Border on 6 May 2010.

The event will take place on 22nd May 2010 at 7.30pm. Admission is free and no booking is required.