Janine di Giovanni has just been made an International Security Fellow
at the New America Foundation, concentrating on ISIS and insurgent groups in the Middle East.

She is also a Fred Pakis Fellow this year at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts,
with a focus on International Security, Human Rights and Peacekeeping. 

UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets President Assad in Damascus in November 2014. Photograph: AP

UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets President Assad in Damascus in November 2014. Photograph: AP

"The man with the toughest job in the world" The Guardian July 2015

Janine's investigation into the process of how to end the war in Syria

Janine di Giovanni, Middle East Editor of Newsweek and contributing editor of Vanity Fair, is one of Europe's most respected and experienced reporters.  Her reporting has been called "established, accomplished brilliance" and she has been cited as "the finest foreign correspondent of our generation".

She recently became an Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University in recognition of her work on violence and war and the trauma it brings to society, and has been named as one of the 100 most influential people reducing armed conflict by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). She is also an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Policy Studies. Her themes are conflict, stability, transitional justice and security.

 Her work is widely anthologized and in 2014 her article from Harper's Magazine, "Life during Wartime", was chosen by the writer Paul Theroux as one of the essays included in The Best American Travel Writing.

Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, Di Giovanni has mainly been focused in the Middle East, a region she has been working in for two decades. She travels extensively to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria to do field work and research. Her concentration has been on the war in Syria, and her new book, Seven Days in the Life of Syria, will be published next spring by W.W. Norton as well as Bloomsbury in the UK. A documentary will also be released about her investigative work inside Syria.

 She recently published a groundbreaking investigation into the funding of the Islamic State, which was a cover story for Newsweek.

 She has consulted with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the Syrian refugee crisis, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Internews.In 2013, she was a Senior Policy Fellow at The Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery at Central European University,focusing on giving Syrian refugees a political voice post-war in Aleppo, Syria. 

 She has done three long investigations into Syrian human rights violations, including rape and torture. She has received grants from The Nation Institute for this work, and her long format pieces were published in Granta, the New York TimesVanity Fair and Newsweek.

In October, 2014, Janine became an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland

Janine is on of the recipients of the 2014 OCHBERG FELLOWSHIPS, a program to deepen journalists' reporting of violence, conflict and tragedy. See more here 


After Zero Hour

‘About nine months after the fall of Saddam, I lay in an isolation ward in a public hospital in a grey suburb south of Paris. It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’ 

23rd April 2015 Granta

Conversation at the Frontline Club
with Granta magazine’s editor Sigrid Rausing about their contributions to the issue.

The Map is Not the Territory – with Janine di Giovanni and Charles Glass
Tuesday 5 May 2015, 7:30 PM


Janine's latest book    
Ghosts by Daylight
wins Spear's Book Prize for Best Memoir

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Janine on "What i saw in the war"
TEDxWomen talk,
1 Dec., Washington, DC

As the war enters its fifth year this week, NPR's Deb Amos and Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni look back to how it started, with a quick shift from protests to brutality
MARCH 20, 2015 - NPR