David Aikman, a journalist and author, is a specialist on Russia, China, East Asia, and the Middle East. During a lengthy career as a foreign correspondent, he reported for TIME Magazine from five continents and more than fifty countries. He has interviewed a number of major world figures, including Mother Teresa, Manuel Noriega, Boris Yeltzin, Pham Van Dong, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
David is the founder and international chairman of Gegrapha, a global fellowship of journalists, and was recently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Currently writing freelance (for Reader's Digest and The American Spectator among others), he also speaks at university and business functions and contributes to Voice of America. He servesThe Trinity Forum as Senior Fellow.
David has written and edited numerous books, including Gorbachev: An Intimate Biography (NAL, 1988), Massacre in Beijing: China's Struggle for Democracy (Warner, 1989), When the Almond Tree Blossoms (Word, 1993)--a novel, and Hope: The Heart's Great Quest (Word, 1995). His collection of mini-biographies of prominent figures, Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century (Word), was released in February 1998.
Raised and educated in England, he earned his B.A. at Worcester College, Oxford, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Washington at Seattle. He speaks a number of languages, including Russian, Chinese, French, and German. A naturalized U.S. citizen, David and his wife, Nonie, live in Virginia and have two grown daughters.