- Trip: Fellows Spring 2005
- Affiliation: The New Yorker
- Country: Algeria
- Year: 2005
Raffi Khatchadourian is a staff fact-checker for The New Yorker magazine. Before arriving at The New Yorker in 2003, he wrote a five-part series for the Village Voice on the construction of oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. As a freelancer, he has contributed to The Nation, Conde Nast Traveler, Smithsonian magazine, Salon.com, the Baltimore Sun and the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2001, during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, he reported for the Chronicle and The Nation from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He began his career in journalism at The Russia Journal, an English-language weekly based in Moscow, where he worked as chief copy editor, and wrote editorials and news stories. He earned a B.A. from Trinity College, in Hartford, and a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University.
Ever since Chad gained independence 46 years ago, it has been a world-class model of political dysfunction. In the 1970s, Chad’s president, François Tombalbaye, compelled civil servants to renounce Western customs,…