Karoun Demirjian

Washington, D.C.

Pentagon, Capitol Hill, foreign affairs

Education: Harvard University, AB cum laude in history; Fletcher School at Tufts University, MA in law and diplomacy

Karoun Demirjian is a Pentagon correspondent, covering the military and related policy. Until recently, she was a national security reporter based on Capitol Hill, where she covered defense, foreign policy, intelligence and matters concerning the Justice Department. She started with The Post as a correspondent based in the Moscow, Russia bureau. Before that, she reported for the Las Vegas Sun as its Washington correspondent, the Associated Press in Jerusalem, the Chicago Tribune and Congressional Quarterly, and worked at NPR. Demirjian was previously an on-air contributor to CNN.
Latest from Karoun Demirjian

Pressure builds to step up weapons tracking in Ukraine

Legislation would require greater scrutiny of the $20 billion in military aid President Biden has sent Ukraine, and it has bipartisan support.

November 27, 2022

Milley tries to clarify his case for a negotiated end to Ukraine war

Gen. Mark Milley has drawn scrutiny for suggesting that winter may present Ukraine an opportunity to explore a peace deal with Russia.

November 16, 2022

Missile that killed two in Poland ‘unlikely’ to have come from Russia, Biden says

Ukrainian officials accused Russia of launching a fresh volley of strikes against targets across the country, including in the capital.

November 15, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Triumphant Zelensky visits recaptured Kherson; CIA director meets with Russian counterpart

Ukraine says Russians wrecked key infrastructure in Kherson and left residents without water and power before withdrawing.

November 14, 2022

Pentagon sending Ukraine new air defenses as Russia pummels key cities

A new $400 million package of U.S. security assistance includes four Avenger air defense systems and the Stinger missiles they fire.

November 10, 2022

At the Pentagon, talk turns to ‘the end of the Kim Jong Un regime’

The U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs issued a striking warning to North Korea in response to its flurry of missile tests

November 3, 2022

North Korea covertly supplying Russia with artillery rounds, U.S. says

The White House accused North Korea of attempting to move arms to Russia through countries in the Middle East and Africa.

November 2, 2022

Russian military leaders’ talk of nuclear attack rattles U.S. calculus

U.S. officials still say that Moscow is unlikely to go nuclear in Ukraine. But Washington doesn’t have many good options to prevent Putin’s worst intentions.

November 2, 2022

6 key takeaways from the Pentagon’s new defense, nuclear policies

Even as the Defense Department shelves two nuclear weapons programs, an arms race is brewing with China and Russia.

October 27, 2022

Pentagon: Ukraine to get advanced air defense systems early next month

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed the imminent delivery of two anti-aircraft batteries but quashed hopes on longer-range missiles Kyiv says it needs.

October 27, 2022