Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Washington, D.C.


Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post. He has served as The Post's national editor, an assistant managing editor and as bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan and Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, a best-selling account of the troubled American effort to reconstruct Iraq. The book won the Overseas Press Club book award, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2007 by the New York Times and was a finalist for the National Book Award
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White House seeks a stronger hand at Pentagon to manage crises

Hagel worked behind the scenes but seemed overly deferential to generals in top-level strategy meetings, officials said.

November 24, 2014

In the UAE, the United States has a quiet, potent ally nicknamed ‘Little Sparta’

The oil-rich United Arab Emirates is known by American generals for its ability and willingness to fight, but the full extent of the military cooperation has not been publicly acknowledged.

November 9, 2014

Want to help veterans? Stop pitying them.

The focus on PTSD has distorted America’s perception of returning soldiers.

October 31, 2014

Syrians to be trained to defend territory, not take ground from jihadists, officials say

Officials do not believe the units will be able to seize towns from the Islamic State without the help of U.S. combat troops, which President Obama has ruled out.

October 22, 2014

Qatar’s friends-with-everyone approach rankles some of its Persian Gulf neighbors

The tiny Arab nation is offering itself as a U.S. ally on one hand, supporting Islamists with the other, and vexing neighbors in all directions.

October 4, 2014

Airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State bring together Persian Gulf nations at odds

The threat from the Islamic State has led Persian Gulf nations to put aside differences and join the U.S. effort.

September 23, 2014

Countering Islamic State will be hard in Iraq and harder in Syria, officials say

The difficulty of battling the Islamic State in Syria will make the fight in Iraq “seem easy,” said a general.

September 10, 2014

After the Wars: The other wounds

Most veterans’ injuries didn’t occur during combat. But their ailments are an enduring consequence of the conflicts.

April 8, 2014

After the wars: A legacy of pain and pride

A nationwide poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reveals the profound and enduring effects of war on the 2.6 million who have served.

March 29, 2014

Army’s ‘Pacific Pathways’ initiative sets up turf battle with Marines

The Army’s ambitious campaign to transform itself, and to forestall personnel cuts, is causing a turf war.

December 29, 2013