About Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City, is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. He heads the Continuous News department, which reports and edits breaking news stories for washingtonpost.com, and he helps to shape the newspaper's overall multimedia strategy.

From April 2003 to October 2004, he was The Post's bureau chief in Baghdad, covering the American occupation of Iraq and supervising a team of correspondents. He lived in Baghdad for much of the six months before the war, reporting on the United Nations weapons-inspections process and the build-up to the conflict.

Before the U.S.-led war in Iraq, he was The Post's Cairo bureau chief. Prior to that assignment, he was The Post's Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the months following Sept. 11, 2001, Rajiv was part of a team of Post reporters who covered the war in Afghanistan.

He joined The Post in 1994 as a reporter on the Metropolitan staff. 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 in Washington, D.C.

A collection of his Washington Post reporting is below:
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Book Excerpt
An excerpt from Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone ran in The Washington Post on Sunday, Sept. 17. Read the excerpt:
"Best-Connected Were Sent to Rebuild Iraq."
Book World Review: "Mistakes Were Made," (Sept. 17, 2006).
Discussion
Imperial Life in the Emerald City Washington Post assistant managing editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran was online Sept. 18, 2006, to discuss his new book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, and to answer your questions. Read a transcript.
In July 2003, when travel around Iraq didn't require armored cars and armed guards, my translator and I took a day trip to Fallujah. Unrest was on the rise there and we were curious about who was behind the violence. Was it indeed former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party? We wanted to get...
 
Mistakes Loom Large as Handover Nears: Missed Opportunities Turned High Ideals to Harsh Realities (Post, June 20, 2004, Page A01)
 
An Educator Learns the Hard Way: Task of Rebuilding Universities Brings Frustration, Doubts and Danger (Post, June 21, 2004, Page A01)
 
Death Stalks An Experiment In Democracy: Fearful Baghdad Council Keeps Public Locked Out (Post, June 22, 2004, Page A01)
 
Demise of Iraqi Units Symbolic of U.S. Errors: Rebuilding Hindered by Past Mistakes (Post, September 25, 2004, Page A01)
 
Bremer's Departure: A Grand Mission Ends Quietly (Post, June 29, 2004, Page A01)
 
U.S. Hands Authority To Iraq Two Days Early: Fear of Attacks Hastens Move; Interim Leaders Assume Power (Post, June 29, 2004, Page A01)
 

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