Karoun Demirjian

Washington, D.C.

Pentagon, Capitol Hill, foreign affairs

Education: Harvard University, AB cum laude in history; Fletcher School at Tufts University, MA in law and diplomacy

Karoun Demirjian is a Pentagon correspondent, covering the military and related policy. Until recently, she was a national security reporter based on Capitol Hill, where she covered defense, foreign policy, intelligence and matters concerning the Justice Department. She started with The Post as a correspondent based in the Moscow, Russia bureau. Before that, she reported for the Las Vegas Sun as its Washington correspondent, the Associated Press in Jerusalem, the Chicago Tribune and Congressional Quarterly, and worked at NPR. Demirjian was previously an on-air contributor to CNN.
Latest from Karoun Demirjian

Rollback of covid vaccine mandate met with furor at Pentagon

Military officials warned that the Republican-led initiative risks harming troops’ readiness and endangering national security.

December 7, 2022

Congress moves to end military’s coronavirus vaccine mandate

It’s a major capitulation for Democrats, after Republicans had threatened to stymie action on the $858 billion bill

December 6, 2022

White House rebukes Trump’s suggestion to suspend Constitution over 2020 election

Former president Donald Trump suggested that the country abandon one of its founding documents, drawing sharp criticism from the White House and politicians.

December 3, 2022

Pentagon warns of China’s plans for dominance in Taiwan and beyond

As part of China's aggressive military buildup, it conducted more ballistic missile tests last year than the rest of the world combined.

November 30, 2022

Pressure builds to step up weapons tracking in Ukraine

Legislation would require greater scrutiny of the $20 billion in military aid President Biden has sent Ukraine, and it has bipartisan support.

November 27, 2022

Milley tries to clarify his case for a negotiated end to Ukraine war

Gen. Mark Milley has drawn scrutiny for suggesting that winter may present Ukraine an opportunity to explore a peace deal with Russia.

November 16, 2022

Missile that killed two in Poland ‘unlikely’ to have come from Russia, Biden says

Ukrainian officials accused Russia of launching a fresh volley of strikes against targets across the country, including in the capital.

November 15, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Triumphant Zelensky visits recaptured Kherson; CIA director meets with Russian counterpart

Ukraine says Russians wrecked key infrastructure in Kherson and left residents without water and power before withdrawing.

November 14, 2022

Pentagon sending Ukraine new air defenses as Russia pummels key cities

A new $400 million package of U.S. security assistance includes four Avenger air defense systems and the Stinger missiles they fire.

November 10, 2022

At the Pentagon, talk turns to ‘the end of the Kim Jong Un regime’

The U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs issued a striking warning to North Korea in response to its flurry of missile tests

November 3, 2022