Janine di Giovanni

Janine di Giovanni was a fellow in New America's International Security program. She is an award-winning writer and analyst who has reported conflict and humanitarian crisis for nearly 25 years.  She is the winner of the 2016 Courage in Journalism Award as well as a recipient of the National Magazine Award, two Amnesty Awards, and numerous others. Her latest book, about war crimes inside Syria, The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches From Syria has so far been translated into 18 languages, garnished two awards, and is shortlisted for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence at the New York Public Library. She is the author of seven previous books, all about war. 

A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she was a Pakis Fellow, di Giovanni combines analysis with deep journalistic investigations. Her work has largely focused on war crimes and transitional justice, and her focus now is on the Islamic state and Track 2 involving violent non-state actors, and conflict resolution. She is the former Middle East editor of Newsweek and the senior foreign correspondent at the Times of London, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the U.K. government's Stabilization Unit on Fragile States, and a non-resident fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy.  She has worked extensively on the ground in the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. She lives in Paris and holds French, American, and British nationalities.

All Work

Watch: Trailer for '7 Days in Syria,' a Documentary About Reporting on War

Amid chaos, Janine di Giovanni tells the human stories of those caught up in Syria's war.

After Paris: Seeking a Strategy

Janine di Giovanni appears on KCRW to discuss how the Paris attacks change the fight against ISIS.

The March on Mosul and the Future of Kurdistan

Privately, Kurdish officials and Western diplomats say the Kurds are not ready, economically and politically, for independence. But the Kurd

How Does ISIS Fund Its Reign of Terror?

Interviews with Iraqi, Kurdish, European, Syrian and American government officials, analysts and intelligence agents sketch a portrait of IS

Syria’s Unspoken Crimes

Because reporting from the Damascus side is so difficult—journalists and human-rights workers are largely banned from government-controlled

Mountaintop Town Is a Diverse Haven From Syria’s Horrors

In a country clouded by conflict, where neighbors and families are now divided by sectarian hatred, this mountaintop town renowned for its s

Bleary-Eyed Troops Fight a Building at a Time in Syria

In many ways, Homs serves as a microcosm of Syria, a community of Sunnis, Shiites, Alawites and Christians who lived side by side, only to f

Denial Is Slipping Away as War Arrives in Damascus

War has come to Damascus. Not on the scale of Aleppo or Homs, at least not yet. But the difference from just a few months ago is unmistakabl

Life During Wartime

I know about the velocity of war. In all of the wars I have covered — including in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Chechnya, Kosovo