presented by Hay Festival Director Peter Florence after a fascinating and moving session about her experiences in Syria.
Hay Festival, Wales
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI MAY 23, 2016
As of September 2017, Janine di Giovanni will be the Edward Murrow Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Affairs in New York researching Syrian minorities. She is the former Middle East editor of Newsweek and a recent Pakis Scholar at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she focused on Track 2 Diplomacy, International Law and International Security as well as war crimes
In 2016, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award for her distinguished work in war zones focusing on tracking war criminals over the past 25 years, most recently, Syria.
Currently working in Syria and Iraq, she is focusing on ISIS and other insurgency groups in the Middle East, but her overall thesis is on talking to non-state actors to reduce conflict and providing political representation post-war to minorities.
Her most recent book, “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria” has been called “searing and necessary” by the New York Times and has so far won three awards a well as being named one of the best human rights books in 2016. It has been translated into 18 languages so far, and has won three awards in 2016. It is shortlisted for the Helen Bernstein Award at the New York Public Library for Excellence in Journalism.
A skilled analyst, communicator and strategist, she is also non-resident International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation and an Associate Fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where she moderates their geopolitical debate series. She is a former Ochberg Fellow at Columbia School of Journalism, given in recognition of her work with victims of trauma. She is a frequent moderator of high-level panels, an analyst on foreign policy at conferences and has worked for the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the UN, Harvard’s Kennedy School; Princeton, the LSE, and many other institutions. In 2014, she also worked for the Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery at Central European University with a focus on transitional justice in Aleppo.
Her TED talk on conflict resolution and transitional justice, filmed at the USIP, has reached more than 950,000 viewers. She is a former adviser on the Syria conflict to the UNHCR, and has advised senior officials on policy for the EU, NATO and others. She was a delegate to William Hague’s conference on addressing sexual violence during conflict and has published extensively on the subject.
As a journalist, she has reported war, conflict and its aftermath for more than 25 years in the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa. She has witnessed the siege of Sarajevo, the fall of Grozny and the destruction of Srebrenica and Rwanda in 1994 as well as more than a dozen active conflicts where she was a front-line witness. Her documentation of war crimes has resulted in seven books and her work has been used to cite criminals in later Tribunals.
She has won nine awards and “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria”) and has been the subject of two long-format documentaries, including 7 Days in Syria.
Di Giovanni is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives in Paris and holds American, British and French nationalities.
She has worked extensively in the following war and conflict zones and during humanitarian crisis: 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.
Since its inception in 1990, IWMF has honored
more than 100 women journalists from 54 countries as part of its Courage in Journalism Awards program.
- How To Stay Alive in a War Zone - from The Committee to Protect Journalists book Attacks on the Press - a chapter by Janine di Giovanni
April 27, 2015
- The Balkan Son
‘THE BOSNIA LIST,’ BY KENAN TREBINCEVIC AND SUSAN SHAPIRO
April 4, 2014
The New York Times
- Syria’s Unspoken Crime
July 29, 2013
- Seven Days in Syria
- Denial Is Slipping Away as War Arrives in Damascus
The New York Time
October 17, 2012
- Bleary-Eyed Troops Fight a Building at a Time in Syria
The New York Times
- Syria crisis: Daraya massacre leaves a ghost town still counting its dead
- Life During Wartime
New York Times
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
A full house convened at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 17 February for an audience with journalist Janine di Giovanni to mark the launch of her new book, The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria. Di Giovanni, who first travelled to Syria in 2012, was joined by BBC HARDtalk presenter Stephen Sackur to discuss the unfolding chaos in the region, and what it was like to tell the stories of people now engulfed in a fifth year of civil war.