Anna Badkhen: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Anna Badkhen

Author & War Reporter

As a war correspondent, Anna Badkhen has been to the global hotspots that have shaped the past decade. But although she has traveled to some of the world’s most hostile environments, her memories don’t focus solely on the devastation she witnessed. In her presentations she talks about what it is like to live in a war zone. “There is more to life than the macabre… There is also the myriad brazen, congenial, persistent ways in which life in the most forlorn and violent places on earth shamelessly reasserts itself,” Badkhen writes in her extraordinary memoir, Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories. “Of those, sharing a meal is one of the most elemental.”

To tell stories from this battlefield, Western journalists often “embed” with troops on the ground. Badkhen has done that—in Iraq, with American troops, and in Chechnya, with Russian soldiers. But she also has “embedded” with civilians who live in war zones, to show their lands not through the gunsight of a soldier or a Marine but in the same manner in which people who live in these lands see it. She spent much of 2011 living with Afghan families in Afghanistan.

Badkhen was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States in 2004. She has covered conflicts on three continents. Her work has appeared in a range of American magazines and newspapers, including Foreign Policy, The New Republic and the New York Times. Her other books include Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through Northern Afghanistan (2010) and the e-book Afghanistan by Donkey: One Year in a War Zone (2012). She is writing a book about timelessness.

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