(updated September 2009)
David Aikman is a best-selling author who has written ten books, an
award-winning journalist, a broadcaster, a college professor, a popular speaker
and lecturer, and a foreign affairs commentator based in the Washington,
DC-area. Over a 23-year career at TIME Magazine, he reported
from five continents and more than 55 countries, focusing especially on Russia,
China, and the Middle East. A graduate of Oxford University, Aikman holds a PhD
from the University of Washington in Russian and Chinese history and speaks six
languages, including Russian, Chinese, French, Spanish and German.
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT & AFFILIATIONS
Since 2005, Professor of History and Writer-in-Residence, Patrick Henry
College, Purcellville, Va., teaching upper-level history courses, including the
history of modern China, the Middle East, and Russia, World War I, world
revolutions, and Islam.
Since 2002, Commentator on the Editorial Board of Salem Communications, one
of the nation's largest radio networks.
Since 2001, Regular on-air commentator for breaking world news events for TV
news shows on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, C-span, the BBC, CBN. Guest appearances
include ABC's "Nightline," NBC's "Today Show," and Voice of America's "On the
Line," for which he has also been an occasional moderator, as well as many local
television and radio shows.
Since 1998, Founder and Chairman of Gegrapha, a global fellowship of
Christians in journalism.
Since 1998, Extensive speaking engagements to business and professional
associations, universities, churches and ministries, and on the Cunard Line
Since 1995, Contributing Editor to The American Spectator.
Since 1991, Senior Fellow, The Trinity Forum, Washington, D.C.; also one of
the Trinity Forum's longest-serving moderators and previously a regular contributor to its
online magazine "Provocations."
Since 1986, Frequently on VOA's weekly foreign affairs program "Issues in the
2006-2007, "Global Prognosis," regular column on world affairs for
Christianity Today magazine.
1996-2005, "The Global Picture," regular column on world affairs for
1998-2002, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington
Also Editor-at-Large of Newsroom, an Internet-based news
organization reporting on the religious dimension of news from around the world.
1994-1998, Author and Freelance Writer
1972-1994, Senior Correspondent and Foreign Correspondent, TIME
Career highlights: Reported three
consecutive TIME "Man of the Year" cover stories on Deng Xiaoping (1985),
Corazon Aquino (1986) and Mikhail Gorbachev (1987). Interviews with major world
figures ranging from Mother Teresa to Manuel Noriega and Umberto Ortega, from
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to Pham Van Dong and Khieu Samphan, and from Boris
Yeltsin to Billy Graham.
- 1990-1994: Senior Correspondent & State Department Correspondent,
Washington Bureau, covering foreign affairs. Cover stories on Russia, the former
the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, Communism in general, the Middle East.
Reporting from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, North Africa, Soviet Central
Asia (the only Western reporter to cover the 1990 Tajikistan revolt), China and
- 1985-1990: State Department Correspondent, Washington Bureau. In May
1989, had the first American news organization interview with Alexander
Solzhenitsyn in more than ten years, in June was an eyewitness to Tiananmen
crackdown in China, and in November to the Czechoslovak "Velvet Revolution" in
November. Also responsible for reporting and interpreting U.S. foreign policy
and developments around the world. Traveled with U.S. Secretary of State George
Shultz to the Soviet Union, Australia and East Asia, Africa, and Europe.
- 1986: Acting Bureau Chief, Moscow, during Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
- 1982-1985: Bureau Chief, Beijing, China. Covered all aspects of Deng
Xiaoping's reform program, President Reagan's 1984 visit, and China's
fast-growing Christian community.
- 1980-1982: Bureau Chief, Jerusalem. Responsible for 11 TIME
cover stories in 15 weeks, a record for any TIME bureau; conceived and
carried through 1981 TIME cover story on Jerusalem.
- 1978-1980: Staff Writer, New York.
- 1977-1978: Bureau Chief, Eastern Europe (based in West Berlin). Also
reported from Mongolia.
- 1972-1976: Correspondent, Hong Kong Bureau. Covered China, Taiwan,
all of Southeast Asia. Frequent reporting trips to China, Vietnam, Cambodia,
Laos, India, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore. Was last TIME
correspondent to leave Phnom Penh, Cambodia, ten days before arrival of Khmer
Rouge. Witnessed the takeover of Laos by Pathet Lao forces in August 1975.
- 1971-1972: Correspondent, New York and Washington. Covered Nixon's
Western and Southern White Houses, entry of People's Republic of China into U.N.
and the 1972 "ping-pong diplomacy" visit of the first Chinese group to the U.S.
Also co-author of:
- The Mirage of Peace: Understanding the Never-Ending Conflict in the Middle East (Regal, September 2009)
- The Delusion of Disbelief: Why the New Atheism is a Threat to Your Life,
Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness (Tyndale, April 2008)
- Billy Graham: His Life and Influence (Thomas Nelson, October 2007)
- Qi, novel, (Broadman and Holman, October 2005; paperback released as
Awaken the Dragon, June 2008)
- A Man of Faith: The Spiritual Journey of George W. Bush (W
Publishing, April 2004)
- Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing
the Global Balance of Power (Regnery Publishing, October 2003; updated &
revised paperback, December 2006)
- Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century (Word Publishing, March 1998)
- Hope: The Heart's Great Quest (Servant Publications, September 1995)
- When the Almond Tree Blossoms, novel, (Word Publishing, 1993)
- "Vanishing Peace: The Aftermath of Oslo," two-hour documentary in 1999 on
the Middle East peace process, shown worldwide on the BBC.
- "Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century," six-part TV documentary, based
on book of the same name, broadcast on PBS.
- Stowe School, Bucks, England (1957-1962), scholarship winner;
- Worcester College, Oxford (1962-1965), B.A. Hons., Russian and French,
- University of Washington, Seattle (1966-1971),
- M.A. Far Eastern and Russian Institute (Central Asian Languages), 1968,
- Ph.D. Russian and Chinese History. Thesis: "The Role of Atheism in the
Marxist Tradition," 1979.
Married, two grown daughters, naturalized US citizen.