Rory Stewart is the author of a wonderful book called ‘The Places In Between’ in which he recounts his experience walking across Afghanistan. Since that time he has had a remarkable career as a diplomat, writer, lecturer, college professor and member of the British Parliament. In this TED Talk, Stewart offers the most cogent, clear-headed and refreshingly honest assessment of why the war in Afghanistan is still going on and what is required to end it…
Time to End the War
Rory Stewart | TED | July 11
____________________________________________________________________________ Now the member of British Parliament for Penrith and the Border, in rural northwest England, Rory Stewart has led a fascinatingly broad life of public service. He joined the Foreign Office after school, then left to begin a years-long series of walks across the Muslim world. In 2002, his extraordinary walk across post-9/11 Afghanistan resulted in his first book, The Places in Between. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he served as a Deputy Governorate Co-Ordinator in Southern Iraq for the coalition forces, and later founded a charity in Kabul. To secure his Conservative seat in Parliament, he went on a walking tour of Penrith, covering the entire county as he talked to voters. In 2008, Esquire called him one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. He says: “The world isn’t one way or another. Things can be changed very, very rapidly by someone with sufficient confidence, sufficient knowledge and sufficient authority.”
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