About Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post. His reporting and writing is focused on the U.S. effort to stabilize Afghanistan, and he travels there frequently to meet with Afghans and Americans involved in counterinsurgency operations and reconstruction programs.

He has served as The Post’s national editor and as an assistant managing editor. From April 2003 to October 2004, he was The Post’s bureau chief in Baghdad, where he was responsible for covering the reconstruction of Iraq and supervising a team of Post correspondents. He the author of Little America, and Imperial Life in the Emerald City, a bestselling account of the troubled American effort to reconstruct Iraq. The book, which provides a firsthand view of life inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, won the Overseas Press Club book award, the Ron Ridenhour Prize, and Britain’s Samuel Johnson Prize. It was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2007 by the New York Times. Imperial Life in the Emerald City was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. The book has been adapted into a major motion picture, Green Zone (2010), starring Matt Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass.

Chandrasekaran took a sabbatical from The Post in 2005 to serve as the journalist-in-residence at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington and as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran appears regularly on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds a degree in political science from Stanford University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Stanford Daily. He lives with his wife in Washington, D.C. 

Praise for Imperial Life in the Emerald City:

“Absolutely brilliant. It is eyewitness history of the first order. . . . It should be read by anyone who wants to understand how things went so badly wrong in Iraq.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A visceral—sometimes sickening—picture of how the administration and its handpicked crew bungled the first year in postwar Iraq . . . Often reads like something out of Catch-22 or from M*A*S*H.”
The New York Times