Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a National Editor with The Washington Post, covering the federal government, foreign and domestic policy, and national security issues among other assignments. He is the best-selling author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City.
From 2003-2004, Chandrasekaran served as the Baghdad bureau chief for The Post, covering U.N. weapon inspections and the U.S. military occupation in Iraq, witnessing the build up to the Iraq war.
Prior to his time in Iraq, he served as The Post's bureau chief in Cairo, where he moved from his prior assignment in Southeast Asia, as a correspondent based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Chandrasekaran covered the war in Afghanistan along with a team of reporters from The Post.
In 2005, he went on sabbatical from The Post, serving as journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in D.C., also becoming a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.
He also makes regular appearances on CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio shows.