Matthieu Aikins
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    Matthieu Aikins is the Schell Fellow at The Nation Institute. His reporting from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Libya has appeared in magazines like Harper's, Rolling Stone, the AtlanticGQ, and Wired. His investigative work exposing war crimes in Afghanistan won him the George Polk Award and the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. He has been a National Magazine Award finalist, and his work has appeared in the anthology The Best American Magazine Writing 2012. He currently splits his time between Afghanistan and Pakistan and is writing a book on the Pakistani megacity of Karachi.

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Featured Work
  • The Bidding War
  • How a young Afghan military contractor became spectacularly rich.

  • Gangs of Karachi
  • Meet the mobsters who run the show in one of the world's deadliest cities.

  • Yemen's Hidden War
  • A journey into one of the most remote and dangerous countries in the world.

  • Inside Baghdad's Brutal Battle Against ISIS
  • As the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria beats a bloody path to the gates of the capital, the hard men of the city are fighting back with their own reign of terror.

  • Whoever Saves a Life
  • Seven days inside the life-and-death world of Syria's first responders  —  the last hope for civilians caught in the chaos.

  • Last Tango in Kabul
  • While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the US withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn.

Featured Video
  • "Should the media show the Muhammad cartoons?" All In with Chris Hayes, January 8, 2015
  • Fresh Air, December 9, 2014
  • "A Recipe for Civil War," Democracy Now!, August 6, 2014
  • "Polk Winner on Afghanistan," Democracy Now!, April 14, 2014
  • "Afghanistan: Should we stay or should we go?" NOW with Alex Wagner, March 12, 2012
  • "The Rapid Rise of America's Man in Kandahar," NPR's Morning Edition, September 27, 2011