Sudarsan Raghavan


Correspondent at large

Education: University of California at Los Angeles, political science and economics; Columbia University, master's in journalism; Columbia University, master's in international affairs; Columbia University, graduate-level certificate in South Asia studies

Sudarsan Raghavan is a correspondent at large for The Washington Post, based out of Barcelona. He has spent the past three decades mostly as a foreign correspondent posted variously in Baghdad, Cairo, Johannesburg, Kabul, Madrid and Nairobi (twice), reporting from more than 65 countries on four continents. He has widely covered Islamist movements, global terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks and its aftermath, the 2003 Iraq invasion, the 1996 rise of the Taliban, its 2001 fall and 2021 recapture of Afghanistan. He has also extensively reported on
Latest from Sudarsan Raghavan

An interview with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai

Washington Post reporter Sudarsan Raghavan interviewed former Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Oct. 5 in Kabul.

December 27, 2022

Hamid Karzai is trying to find his place in the new Afghanistan

The former Afghan president has become the Taliban’s most prominent critic inside the country, leading to a reassessment of his legacy.

December 27, 2022

Where learning is against the law: A secret school for Afghan girls

With Afghan girls barred from attending secondary school by the Taliban, underground schools have formed to allow young women to continue their education.

November 9, 2022

The perilous 1,000-mile journey to save Africa’s endangered black rhinos

Ride along as an armored convoy carries endangered black rhinos from South Africa to a national park in Mozambique, an effort to save them from poachers.

October 27, 2022

ISIS fighters terrorize Mozambique, threaten gas supply amid Ukraine war

One of the Islamic State’s newest branches is fueling a brutal conflict that has been raging in northern Mozambique for five years — and this insurgency has global implications.

October 20, 2022

‘She wanted to be a teacher’: Kabul attack kills girls with big dreams

The Friday morning blast in a Hazara neighborhood targeted an educational center, killing at least 19 people, mostly girls and young women.

September 30, 2022

An attack on a military base in Somalia shows al-Shabab’s deadly power

Its success underscores the resurgence of al-Shabab and the challenges that African and American troops will face in containing the group.

July 17, 2022

    On the brink of famine, the war in Ukraine sends Somalia over the edge

    Somalia was on the brink of famine, but a global shortage of grain caused by war in Ukraine is sending it over the edge.

    July 6, 2022

    I covered Somalia’s last famine a decade ago. It’s about to happen again.

    Having also reported on the war in Ukraine, I am struck by the contrast in how the world has reacted to these two immense tragedies.

    July 6, 2022

    Africa’s desperate hunger: Ukraine war pushes Somalia toward famine

    More than 7 million Somalis face acute food insecurity, with almost 250,000 at risk of imminent starvation.

    June 30, 2022