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Viola Gienger is a senior editor/writer for USIP, managing the Olive Branch blog on the Institute’s web site as well as reporting and writing on issues related to the Institute’s work in the U.S. and abroad. Gienger has more than 25 years of experience as a news reporter and editor, most recently covering the State Department and the Pentagon for Bloomberg News. Before joining Bloomberg in 2003, Viola spent seven years in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Living in Belarus, Poland and Bosnia, she trained and consulted for independent media around the region under privately funded programs such as the Knight International Press Fellowship and for USAID-funded projects, and then worked for two years as a freelance journalist based in Sarajevo.

She has reported from more than 30 countries, including in the Middle East and Asia, and has served as a guest and moderator on Voice of America’s weekly Issues in the News current affairs program. Her ventures in foreign reporting started with the former AP-Dow Jones News Service in London in the 1980s, and her freelance work has been published in The Chicago Tribune, Newhouse’s Religion News Service, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Transitions Online and Al-Monitor. She serves as a judge in national and regional journalism competitions and organizes professional development events as a member of the National Press Club and Journalism & Women Symposium.

Publications By Viola

Iraqi Prime Minister Says Trump Offers Support

Iraqi Prime Minister Says Trump Offers Support

Monday, March 20, 2017

By: Viola Gienger

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, speaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace after his first meeting with President Donald Trump, said the new U.S. administration is “prepared to do more” to fight terrorism than its predecessor, but he cautioned that military force alone won’t defeat ISIS. Abadi said his government is trying to gain the trust of the Iraqi people by reducing abuses by security forces, ensuring that areas recaptured from ISIS are stabilized and making the government more accountable.

Democracy & Governance; Violent Extremism

U.S. Braces for Tests to Foreign Policy (Video)

U.S. Braces for Tests to Foreign Policy (Video)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

By: Viola Gienger; Steven Ruder; Emily Bowman

China, Russia, Iran, North Korea. Violent extremism, America’s global leadership, investing in stability. Those are some of the biggest issues facing the administration of President Donald Trump as it establishes its foreign and national security policies in the weeks and months ahead, according to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, other former officials and experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Global Policy

Burns, Flournoy, Lindborg Press Urgency of Fragile States

Burns, Flournoy, Lindborg Press Urgency of Fragile States

Monday, September 12, 2016

By: Viola Gienger

Three former high-ranking officials in the State Department, the Pentagon and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) urged the next presidential administration to commit more attention and resources to preventing the kinds of violent conflicts that are roiling the Middle East and other regions today and spilling over into neighboring countries, Europe and the United States. Former Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy and USAID Assist...

Fragility and Resilience; Violent Extremism; Global Policy

South Sudan War Calls for Firm Intervention, Lyman Says

South Sudan War Calls for Firm Intervention, Lyman Says

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

By: Viola Gienger

A peace plan for South Sudan that was intended to end three years of fighting in the world’s newest nation has failed largely because it “depends on the cooperation of the very antagonists who brought about the current civil war,” former U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee today.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Global Policy; Human Rights

Iraqi Foreign Minister Appeals for Post-ISIS Aid

Iraqi Foreign Minister Appeals for Post-ISIS Aid

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

By: Viola Gienger

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and U.S. envoy Brett McGurk today emphasized the urgency of planning and financing Iraq’s recovery from the ISIS onslaught as areas the extremist group had controlled are recaptured more quickly than expected. The two spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace in advance of an international conference of donors to Iraq convening in Washington tomorrow and a meeting the following day of the global coalition backing the fight.

Global Policy; Violent Extremism; Reconciliation

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