Matthieu Aikins

Journalist and photographer

Matthieu Aikins is a Canadian journalist whose feature writing and photography have appeared in such US, Canadian, British, French and Indian publications as Harper's Magazine, the Walrus, the Guardian, theGlobe & Mail, the National Post, the Coast, Courrier International, the Toronto Sun, the Caravan, Bad Idea Magazine, and on CBC's 'The National' and Global TV's 'National News'. He has reported from geopolitical hotspots like Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. Matthieu has received a number of awards, including a 2010 National Magazine Award in Canada for 'Best New Creative Talent' for his article 'Last Stand in Kandahar', which appeared on the cover of the November 2010 issue of the Walrus.

Most Recent Posts

Aikins: Should a state ever consider negotiating with terrorist organizations? And if so, under what circumstances?

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June 5, 2014

The Afghan Taliban, with whom negotiations were conducted, is not listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, UK, or European Union. It may be a violent, fundamentalist Islamist insurgency, but to characterize it as a classic terrorist group mischaracterizes its history and aims. The Bergdahl trade should instead be considered under the long […]

Aikins: How should Canada respond to the rising violence in Syria?

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February 27, 2012

Syria is more like Iraq than Libya. It has a large population that is riven by sectarian divisions between Sunni, Shia, and Alawi Muslims—20 million, compared to around 32 million in Iraq and 6 million in monolithically Sunni Libya. A full-blown civil war in Syria could quickly escalate into a proxy war between Iran and […]

Aikins: Is the rise of state capitalism a threat to economies like Canada’s?

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February 13, 2012

One reason that the rise of so-called ‘state capitalism’ does pose a unique set of challenges to economies like Canada’s is because state-directed economies are able to pursue strategies that fall outside of the typical range of market-based outcomes. For example, China has been able to engineer what is in effect a massive transfer of […]

Aikins: Is the rise of state capitalism a threat to economies like Canada’s?

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February 13, 2012

One reason that the rise of so-called ‘state capitalism’ does pose a unique set of challenges to economies like Canada’s is because state-directed economies are able to pursue strategies that fall outside of the typical range of market-based outcomes. For example, China has been able to engineer what is in effect a massive transfer of […]