Siobhán O’Grady


Siobhán O'Grady is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, currently working at Foreign Policy magazine. At FP, her reporting focuses largely on West and Central Africa, including extensive coverage of the growing threat of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. She is especially interested in how weak governance influences religious extremism, and the ways extremism in turn interferes with democratic progress. She joined FP from the Houston Chronicle's Washington bureau, where she reported on border security, drug cartels, prison reform, and all things Ted Cruz. A Boston native, she holds a dual degree in political science and French from Dickinson College and has lived in Morocco and Cameroon. Her work has appeared on WBUR and in the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She speaks fluent French but her name is Irish and it's pronounced Sha-VON.



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How a U.N. Drone Crashed in Congo and Was Promptly Forgotten

An FP special report from the front lines of the flailing U.N. effort to use drones to save lives in a war-ravaged stretch of eastern Africa. NYIRAGONGO TERRITORY, Democratic Republic of the Congo — On a…

| Alexia Webster, Siobhán O’Grady

South Sudan’s youth come of age in the face of chaos

It’s late on a Saturday afternoon in May but the sun is still beating down on the South Sudanese capital of Juba. A fleet of cars carrying Annet Angaika and dozens of other young hip-hop…

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South Sudanese Women Are Making Moonshine to Survive

Barely able to feed themselves and their families, South Sudanese women in refugee camps are swapping their rations for ingredients to make siko, a highly alcoholic spirit. But selling it means they have to endure…

| Molly O’Toole, Megan Alpert

Why Do Internationally Backed Peace Processes Fail?

In this episode of The Backstory, FP senior reporter Molly O’Toole moderates a conversation between former FP fellow Megan Alpert and FP staff writer Siobhán O’Grady, who reported from Colombia and South Sudan, respectively, through…

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They Will Find Us and Kill Us

NYAL, South Sudan – The South Sudanese government soldiers arrived in a village outside rebel leader Riek Machar’s hometown of Leer early on an October morning last year, and they fanned out quickly through the…

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Talking Trump and War Crimes With South Sudan’s Rebel Leader

JUBA, South Sudan – Since he returned to Juba late last month, South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar has been living in a makeshift camp made up of little more than a smattering of tents…