Rory Carroll is an Irish journalist who has been a foreign correspondent for the Guardian for almost 20 years. He covered the Mediterranean and the Balkans in the late 90s before moving to Africa where he covered wars, elections and economic shifts. He spent most of 2005 in Iraq covering the escalating insurgency. From 2006 to 2012 he was based in Caracas as the paper's Latin America correspondent. He wrote a biography of Hugo Chavez which the New York Times said was essential to understanding today's crisis in Venezuela. For the past five years Rory has been based in Los Angeles, covering the western US and Mexican border.