Author Rajiv Chandrasekaran is one of the world’s foremost reporters on the war and nation-building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. His new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, gives us a startling, behind-the-scenes account of the struggle between President Obama and the military to reconstruct Afghanistan. Chandrasekaran, senior correspondent for The Washington Post and a political pundit for CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, describes the disillusioned diplomats, frustrated soldiers, and headstrong officers that have come to define the process of pumping American money and soldiers into Afghan nation-building. Come hear this expert’s first-hand account of one of the most complex and formative events of the 21st century.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor for the Washington Post. His reporting focuses on the war in Afghanistan, where he travels frequently to interview Afghans and Americans involved in counterinsurgency operations. Chandrasekaran has held many positions at the Post including national editor, assistant managing editor, and bureau chief in Baghdad and Cairo. In the months following the September 11, 2001 attacks, he was part of a team of reporters who covered the war in Afghanistan and events in Pakistan. He wrote the award-winning book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which provides a firsthand view of life inside Baghdad's Green Zone. In 2005, Chandrasekaran took a sabbatical from the Post to serve as the journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.