Zach Paikin is a Canadian columnist and political commentator. Before writing for The Hill Times, he was a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and a columnist at iPolitics. His work has been published in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and several other Canadian publications. He has also contributed written analysis to global research organizations such as the World Policy Institute, the Federal Trust for Education and Research, and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Paikin has worked as a researcher for the Canada Towards 2030 Project and has served as Head of Web Projects at the Institute for 21st Century Questions. In 2012, he stood as a candidate for National Policy Chair of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Paikin holds a B.A. in Middle East Studies from McGill University and a Master of Global Affairs degree from the University of Toronto's Munk School. During his time at U of T, he spent a year as a Junior Fellow at Massey College. He is currently pursuing a PhD in International Relations at the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom, where his thesis will focus on the anticipated evolution of Russian and Chinese foreign policy on the questions of national sovereignty, international legitimacy and the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, taking into account those two countries' respective changing geopolitical situations.