Rory Stewart is a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute, Yale University. Stewart focuses on contemporary politics in crisis and on international development and intervention in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Stewart will discuss the recent happening in Afghanistan. This marks the end of 30 years of intervention in a project that has engaged some of the most powerful countries in the world in trillion-dollar wars. The project lurched from the most unrealistic optimism to the bleakest pessimism. But it overlooked the possibility of a more thoughtful moderate approach to intervention - an approach that worked in Bosnia, and latterly in Afghanistan. And it is this - forgotten model of a light footprint - which still provides a hope for the US and its allies - an alternative to Imperial pride and abject isolation.