Zachary Paikin is a Researcher in the EU Foreign Policy unit at CEPS. He is also a Nonresident Research Fellow with the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy in Toronto and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Global Policy Institute in London.
His academic research has focused on great power relations, Russian foreign policy and the future of international order. He has translated this into a policy focus on European and Eurasian political and security dynamics. In addition to authoring several peer-reviewed journal articles, his policy analyses have been published by think tanks including the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Royal United Services Institute, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, LSE IDEAS, the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, and the Russian International Affairs Council.
Zachary formed part of the Global Policy Institute’s research team on Eurasian connectivity that partnered with Jawaharlal Nehru University as part of the EU-India Think Tank Twinning Initiative. While teaching international relations as an assistant lecturer at the University of Kent, he also served as a project affiliate with the H2020 UPTAKE inter-university consortium on Eastern European affairs and with the UK GCRF “COMPASS” network on post-Soviet governance. From 2017 to 2020, he was Senior Editor of Global Brief magazine. He was also a speechwriter at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations as part of the Canadian government’s bid for a UN Security Council seat in 2020.
Zachary is also an affiliated expert with the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations, as well as a member of the Cooperative Security Initiative co-launched by GLOBSEC and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s