Viola Gienger

Viola Gienger

Viola Gienger (@ViolaGienger) is the Washington Editor for Just Security and a research scholar at NYU School of Law. Gienger’s expertise in foreign affairs, U.S. foreign and defense policy, international security and development stems in part from more than 25 years as a news reporter and editor, including covering the State Department and the Pentagon for Bloomberg News. As senior editor/writer at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, she worked on issues bedeviling the world’s most violent conflict zones, including violent extremism, gender and religion, and conducted research and program strategy work on the Ukraine/Russia crisis. Gienger earlier 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 over the years includes guest national security editor at The Cipher Brief, and her writing has been published in Ozy, the Atlantic Council’s UkraineAlert, the Chicago Tribune, Newhouse’s Religion News Service, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Transitions Online and Al-Monitor. Gienger 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. Early career highlights included following along on a ski boat from West Palm Beach, Florida, to track a firefighter trying to set a world parasailing record to the Bahamas.