PULLMAN — Rajiv Chandrasekaran, national editor of The Washington Post, will speak at WSU at 7 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, room 202.
 
The event is free and open to everyone.
 
His lecture, titled “Building Peace in the War on Terror: The Elusive Quest for Stability in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan,” is the first event to be sponsored by the WSU Murrow School–Asia Program International Journalist Speaker Series.
 
Chandrasekaran, who believes this is a decisive period for the countries involved with the war on terror, will speak about elections, martial law and militant violence in Pakistan, rising instability in Afghanistan, the uncertain future of the U.S. military surge and political developments in Iraq and U.S. policymaking as we move toward electing a new president and Congress.
 
In 1994 Chandrasekaran joined The Washington Post as a reporter on the Metropolitan staff and went on to serve as the Southeast Asia correspondent based in Jakarta, Indonesia; the bureau chief in Cairo, Egypt; and the bureau chief in Baghdad, where he was responsible for covering the American occupation of Iraq and supervising a team of correspondents.
 
In his current position as national editor, Chandrasekaran oversees the newspaper’s national news content, including coverage of the federal government and domestic politics, foreign policy, national security, social issues, science and medicine.
 
Chandrasekaran is the author of “Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone.” The best-selling book provides a firsthand view of life inside Baghdad’s Green Zone and has won the Overseas Press Club book award, the Ron Ridenhour Prize and Britain’s 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.
 
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Chandrasekaran holds a degree in political science from Stanford University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Stanford Daily News.
 
This lecture is sponsored by the WSU Murrow School of Communication, the Asia Program, the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Global Studies, the Department of History and the College of Liberal Arts.
 
Chandrasekaran’s December 2006 appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” can be seen at: