Viola Gienger

Viola Gienger (@ViolaGienger) is Washington Editor for Just Security and a research scholar at NYU School of Law with a focus on foreign affairs, U.S. foreign and defense policy, international security, and development.  She previously served as senior editor/writer at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, where she worked on issues related to preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict, including on violent extremism, gender, and religion, and conducted research and program strategy work on the Ukraine/Russia crisis. Prior to that, she was an editor and reporter at Bloomberg News, covering the State Department and the Pentagon for five years.

Gienger lived and worked for seven years in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, five years managing training programs and consulting for independent media in transition, and two years as a freelance journalist. She has reported from more than 30 countries, including in the Middle East and Asia, and has appeared as a guest commentator and moderator in television, radio, and podcasts. Her freelance work includes writing and editing for the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and serving as guest national security editor at The Cipher Brief. Her writing also has been published in Ozy, the Atlantic Council’s Ukraine Alert, the Chicago Tribune, Newhouse’s Religion News Service, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Transitions Online and Al-Monitor.

She is a regular judge in national journalism contests and a member of the National Press Club, Journalism & Women Symposium and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Articles by this author:

Early Edition: April 2, 2021

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Apr 2nd, 2021

Early Edition: March 29, 2021

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Mar 29th, 2021

Blinken Sails Through Queries on Iran, China, Russia, NATO, and More in Secretary of State Confirmation Hearing

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Jan 20th, 2021

Ousted Autocratic Presidents and Their Backers in the Legislative Branch

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Jan 15th, 2021

UN Resolution on Women, Peace, and Security Stumbles in Iraq When It’s Needed Most

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Oct 31st, 2020

Coronavirus, Public Perceptions and the Dangers of “News Deserts”

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Mar 25th, 2020

Timeline: Trump, Giuliani, Biden, and Ukrainegate

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Jan 31st, 2020

15 Questions the Media Should Be Asking Lev Parnas

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Jan 17th, 2020

The Trump-Giuliani Election Plan: Manipulating Voters

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Dec 18th, 2019

Timeline: Rep. Devin Nunes and Ukraine Disinformation Efforts

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Nov 26th, 2019

“Play Ball”: Why the Panic Over a Trump-Zelenskyy White House Meeting?

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Oct 4th, 2019

For Scientific Integrity in Government, Fix Political Appointments Process

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Oct 3rd, 2019

The Swiftboating of Joe Biden

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Sep 24th, 2019

Trump and Giuliani’s Quest for Fake Ukraine “Dirt” on Biden: An Explainer

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Sep 10th, 2019

Iraq ‘Dirty Tricks’ Tale Gets Star Treatment, But Big Questions Remain

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Jul 19th, 2019

To Stem the Flow of Refugees, Address the Conflicts at Their Core

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Jul 2nd, 2019