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


Current Occupation: Author, Senior Fellow Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Organization/Institution: Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Language: English, French


Putin’s Gruesome Playbook Foreign Policy Apr 18, 2022

A war in Ukraine could spark Europe’s next big refugee crisis The National Feb 14, 2022

Generation Gaza: The Young Have Pride Despite Privations Vanity Fair Jan 25, 2022

The Vanishing: The twilight of Christianity in the Middle East by Janine di Giovanni The Church Times Review Jan 7, 2022

Bosnia Redux: Are the Balkans Headed for Another War? Vanity Fair Dec 9, 2021

A Requiem for the Disappearing Christians of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Gaza Christianity Today Nov 22, 2021

Why Can’t Women End Wars? Foreign Policy Oct, 10 2021

The case for repatriating ISIS families in Syrian camps The National June 9, 2021

How Wars End – The shifting nature of war has made peacemaking more difficult. A new kind of back-channel diplomacy can help. Foreign Policy May 8, 2021

On Moral Injury Harper’s Magazine July 31, 2020

America Shows Troubling Warning Signs of a Slide Into Civil War Medium.com Oct 27, 2020

Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism The New York Review June 7, 2019

A Masterful Account of America’s Doomed Afghanistan Mission Foreign Policy Apr 11, 2021

Ten Years on, Will There Ever Be Justice for Syria? Foreign Policy March 17, 2021

Oscar-Shortlisted Film Puts Bosnian Genocide on Silver Screen Foreign Policy Feb 27, 2021

The First Draft of History – Why the decline of foreign reporting makes for worse foreign policy. Foreign Policy Jan 15, 2021

The Art of War Reporting: An Interview with Janine di Giovanni The Paris Review May 2, 2016

Janine di Giovanni (@janinedigi) is a  multi-award winning journalist and author who worked as a war reporter for nearly three decades.

Janine founded and directs The Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies, a transitional justice organization that trains researchers in Ukraine to collect testimonies that can be used in court. Through her work as a conflict journalist, Janine has experienced firsthand the frustration when testimonies collected directly from victims are inadmissible in courts. So, in partnership with Peter Pomerantsev, she’s created a team of legal experts and journalists to bridge the gap between journalism and justice.

Janine served as a Senior Fellow and Professor at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs from 2018-2022 where she taught two human rights courses which looked at eight different conflicts in depth: Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. She also taught a course at Yale in Reporting War for Humanitarians.

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  the author of eight other books on war and conflict, most recently The Vanishing, chronicling the disappearance of Christian minorities, published 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. In 2021 she was awarded the Professional Excellence Award by the Foreign Press Correspondents Association.

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.