News - Rory Stewart to Speak on Democratic Development in Afghanistan

    OTTAWA, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the International Development
Research Centre (IDRC) Speaker Series, Rory Stewart will be in Ottawa on
Wednesday, October 3 to offer unique insights into Afghanistan's democratic
development challenges and opportunities.
    In 2000, Rory Stewart took a leave from his post as a British diplomat
and spent the next two years walking across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and
Nepal. He described his 6 000-mile journey in his book, The Places in Between,
which the New York Times called "a flat-out masterpiece" and named as one of
its Ten Best Books of 2006. In 2003, Stewart became the coalition Deputy
Governor of Maysan and Dhi Qar - two provinces in Southern Iraq.
    Stewart has written for a range of publications including the New York
Times, the London Review of Books, the Guardian, the Financial Times and
Granta. In 2004, was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and he
became a Fellow of the Carr Centre at Harvard University. He now lives in
Kabul, where he runs the Turquoise Mountain Foundation.
    The IDRC Speaker Series features provocative presentations on issues of
social justice and international development from speakers with worldwide
reputations. The 2007-2008 series focuses on building democracy in developing
countries. Upcoming guests include the former President of Chile, Ricardo
Lagos, Kenyan anti-corruption campaigner John Githongo, IDRC President Maureen
O'Neil, and a round table of journalists from developing countries.
    The event is open to the media. Spaces are limited and journalists are
encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-236-6163,
ext. 2343.
    For more information on the IDRC Speaker Series, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For more than
35 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163, ext.
2343, (613) 816-7620,

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