Janine di Giovanni

Author, Senior Fellow Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Country of focus: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Syria
Based in New York

Janine di Giovanni (@janinedigi) is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.  She is currently directing a project sponsored by the UN Democracy Fund that promotes transitional justice in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria. In 2019, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship for her research in the Middle East, and in 2020, she received the American Academy of Arts and Letters highest prize for non-fiction, the Blake Dodd,  for her body of work spanning three decades.  She is a Global Affairs columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine and The National, in Abu Dhabi.

From 2017 to 2018, Janine was the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Administration. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria, which has been translated into 25 languages and was deemed “searing and necessary” by the New York Times. She is also the author of eight other books on war and conflict, most recently The Vanishing, chronicling the disappearance of Christian minorities in 2021.

Before joining the Council on Foreign Relations in 2017, Janine was the Middle East Editor at Newsweek reporting on international security, human rights and transitional justice. She was the Senior Foreign Correspondent for the Times of London for many years. As a 2016 Pakis Scholar at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Janine focused on international law and international security. Prior to that, she was a contributing editor for two decades at Vanity Fair where she won the National Magazine Award for Reporting, and many other awards.

Janine has reported widely on war, conflict, and its aftermath for nearly 30 years in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa. She has investigated human rights abuses on four continents. She is the subject of two long-format documentaries, including the widely acclaimed 7 Days in Syria and Bearing Witness.  Her TED talk “What I Saw in the War” has received over 1 million views on YouTube.  In 2016, she was awarded the International Women Media Foundation’s prestigious COURAGE Award.

Janine is also non-resident International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation and an Associate Fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She is a former Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, given in recognition of her work with victims of war trauma.

Di Giovanni has won more than fifteen major awards for her extensive work in conflict zones and during humanitarian crisis in Palestine/Israel, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, East Timor, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bahrain, UAE, Algeria, Turkey, Greece, Vietnam, and other countries.

She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She carries British, French and American nationalities and lives with her son, Luca Costantino Girodon, in Manhattan.