Anna Badkhen writes about people in extremis. She is a journalist and the author of Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories and Waiting for the Taliban. She has covered wars in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including The New Republic, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe. Her wartime journalism won the 2007 Joel R. Seldin Award for reporting on civilians in war zones. Her upcoming book, The World Is a Carpet, will be published in 2013.