Commonwealth National Podcast

Greg Mortenson, Co-founder, Central Asia Institute; Co-author, Three Cups of Tea


Greg Mortenson, Co-founder, Central Asia Institute; Co-author, Three Cups of Tea; Author, Stones in Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003 and shares his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy. He discusses his relentless and ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan, his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after the horrific 2005 earthquake, and how he has managed to stay alive among feuding Afghan warlords and an eight-day abduction by the Taliban. The recipient of The Star of Pakistan, the country’s highest civil award, Mortenson also provides a candid look at the current social and political situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club's Silicon Valley branch in San Jose.