Journalist offers view of life in Iraq, Sept. 28
Posted September 20, 2006; 05:39 p.m.
Washington Post journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran will present a talk on "The Emerald City: A Discussion of Life Inside America's Occupation Headquarters in Iraq" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Chandrasekaran, assistant managing editor of the Post and its former bureau chief in Iraq, is the author of a new book, "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone." The book explores Baghdad's Green Zone, a walled-off "little America" of towering plants, villas, stocked bars, a mall and swimming pools that housed U.S. officials responsible for engineering Iraq's postwar reconstruction. Chandrasekaran gives a firsthand account of the American occupation in Iraq and how officials "routinely ignored the reality of local conditions until, as one ex-staffer puts it, 'everything blew up in our faces.'"
Before being named the Post's assistant managing editor, Chandrasekaran served as bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo and Southeast Asia and as a correspondent covering the war in Afghanistan. Chandrasekaran became the newspaper's Middle East correspondent in 2002 and moved to Baghdad on the eve of the U.S. invasion in March 2003.
His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.