Zachary Paikin is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Global Policy Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies and Political Science from McGill University, a Master of Global Affairs degree from the University of Toronto’s Munk School, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent. His doctoral research focused on Russia-West and Russia-China relations over the course of the post-Cold War period, and the impact these have had on the international order. During his time at the University of Kent, he was a junior scholar in the EU Horizon 2020 UPTAKE multinational academic consortium on Russian and East European studies, as well as an affiliate of the Global Challenges Research Fund “COMPASS” project on governance and resilience in the post-Soviet space.
Paikin has served as a researcher throughout GPI’s contribution to the EU-India Think Tank Twinning Initiative, which has sought to explore the potential for cooperation between the EU and India on questions of Eurasian connectivity in response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. He is a member of the Expert Council of the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations, as well as a founding member and expert with the Cooperative Security Initiative, a project supported by the OSCE aimed at strengthening international cooperation and peace in Europe. He was named a GLOBSEC Young Leader in 2019. Paikin is also a member of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s “Fresh Look on Eastern European Trends” group, which brings young policy experts and scholars to Vienna twice annually for workshops designed to publish reports on European peace and security. He additionally serves as Senior Editor for the international affairs magazine Global Brief, a publication affiliated with the Toronto-based Institute for 21st Century Questions. Previous affiliations include research postings with the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (2013) and the Washington-based Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (2011-13).
In addition to mainstream media outlets, his analyses have been published by think tanks and policy publications including the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Russian International Affairs Council, the Royal United Services Institute, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, LSE IDEAS, Russia in Global Affairs, the World Policy Institute, Policy Options, the Federal Trust for Education and Research, and The American Conservative.