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). He has investigated child slavery and other abuses, reported on presidential elections and authoritarian regimes, refugee crises and viral outbreaks, natural disasters and societal trends in more than 65 countries on four continents. He has extensively covered Islamist movements, global terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the U.S. military intervention after, the 2003 Iraq invasion and the 1996 rise of the Taliban. He has also covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions, the 2004 genocide in Darfur, Sudan and 17 African wars. As Baghdad bureau chief, Sudarsan ran The Post's largest overseas operation during the Iraq War's most violent years. A 2001 investigation with a colleague exposed abusive child-labor practices on West African cocoa farms that led to new U.S. anti-slavery legislation and forced U.S. chocolate companies to tackle the abuses. He joined The Post in 2005 after working for Knight Ridder, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsweek. Sudarsan, who was raised in Los Angeles, Madras and Quebec, began his career freelancing from the Afghan-Pakistan border and later post-apartheid South Africa.