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The Dust of Kandahar provides a personal account of one diplomat’s year of service in America’s longest war. Ambassador Addleton movingly describes the everyday human drama of the American soldiers, local tribal dignitaries, government officials, and religious leaders he interacted and worked with in southern Afghanistan. Addleton’s writing is at its most vivid in his firsthand account of the April 2013 suicide bombing outside a Zabul school that killed his translator, a fellow Foreign Service officer, and three American soldiers. The memory of this tragedy lingers over Addleton’s journal entries, his prose offering poignant glimpses into the interior life of a U.S. diplomat stationed in harm’s way.
Jonathan Addleton was born and raised in the mountains of northern Pakistan. A five-time USAID Mission Director (India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Mongolia and Central Asia), he has also served as United States Ambassador to Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar; USAID Representative to the European Union in Brussels; and Senior Civil Representative to Southern Afghanistan in Kandahar. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including Asian Affairs, Asian Survey, International Migration, Mongolica, al-Mushir, Muslim World and The Washington Post. His awards include a Polar Star, Mongolia’s highest civilian award, from the President of Mongolia; an ISAF Service Medal from NATO; and the Christian Herter Award for Intellectual Courage and Constructive Dissent from the American Foreign Service Association.