• about.

    Athena Tacet is visual journalist and international reporter specializing in geopolitics and human rights. She's also a freelance data journalist, who enjoys trying to make sense of the world using one dataset and one data visualization at a time.


    She writes political analyses and feature articles in both English and French for several publications including Al Jazeera English, The Economist, The World Post, The Huffington Post, Slate, Embassy Magazine, a weekly Canadian foreign policy newspaper, and others.


    Some of the topics that Athena has covered through foreign reporting include the historical place of Islam in South Korean society, the dire situation in which Vietnam's Christian communities find themselves living as stateless refugees in Thailand, the integration of Roma in Southern Europe, the EU Asylum Policy, Taiwan’s small Muslim minority, statelessness and international law, Greece’s rise of extreme right amid the country’s economic crisis, and Syria’s beleaguered Christian community.


    She previously worked as a fellow and digital editor as part of a featured series on capitalism and environmental reporting (Finding Roots of Capitalism through Environmental Reporting) presented at the 2015 World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland; and another featured series (Feeding The World Project) presented at the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF).


    Athena is from Paris, France but has spent more than half of her life in Montreal, Canada, where she currently lives. She has visited more than 40 countries and has lived in the US, Cyprus, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea. She graduated from Concordia University (Canada) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Certificate in Modern Arabic Language and Culture, a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration, and a Graduate diploma in Journalism.


    She speaks English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Arabic.

  • international reporter.

    Feature articles, analyses, and on the ground dispatches from South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Greece, and Canada.

    Al Jazeera English

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan, which was a turning point in the history of Islam in Korea. Today, South Korean Muslims make up a tiny minority, 0.2 percent, of the predominantly Christian and Confucian society.


    As South Korea is opening its doors to Muslim tourists, trying to fill the vacuum left by the declining number of Chinese tourists following the debacle launched with the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, various generations of native Korean Muslims reflect on their double identity as Koreans and Muslims in South Korea.

    (Photo: Radu Diaconu)

    Al Jazeera English

    In the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, a small community says it is escaping religious persecutions by the Vietnamese authorities. (Photo: Radu Diaconu)


    The European Union is at a crossroads between facing more divisions and hostilities on the one hand, and working towards the integration of various heritages into the creation of a unified identity on the other. (Photo: Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

    Politheor & The World Post

    It is urgent for national governments to establish frameworks through which victims of discrimination can become aware of their rights and receive fair remedy. (Photo: EU Observer)


    The European Union, which started a process of legitimizing itself as an Arctic actor, and created a basis for its own foreign policy in the Arctic in 2008, was once again denied the status of full Arctic Council observer. (Photo: US Government)

    Politheor & The World Post

    A growing and significant partner for the European Union, Russia has also often played a double game aimed at destabilizing the Old Continent and continuing its policy of balkanization within the EU. (Photo: CyprusMail 2015)

    Politheor & The Huffington Post

    It’s a problem of responsibility. For more than a decade, EU Member States and EU institutions have combined their efforts to draft a EU Asylum Policy that would tackle the migration issue, and allocate the responsibility to process asylum cases on the principle of responsibility-shifting, rather than responsibility-sharing. (Photo: EU Observer)

    Al Jazeera English

    Taiwan's small Muslim minority tries to redefine its identity as a new wave of migration reshapes Taiwanese society. (Photo: Radu Diaconu)

    Slate Magazine

    Dans la Belle Province, le débat fait rage sur une «Charte des valeurs québécoises» prohibant les signes religieux visibles dans la fonction publique. (Photo: Kevstan via Wikimedia Commons)

    The Huffington Post

    Greece's state of democracy is at a crossroads. The country that gave birth to the Western model of democracy 4000 years ago is at the heart of a crisis, which is now affecting one of its main sources of information to the public. (Photo: Reuters/Phasma)

    The Huffington Post

    À première vue, l'idée de se retrouver sur une petite île de la Polynésie n'est pas tout à fait des plus déplaisantes. Mais pour Mikhail Sebastian, 39 ans, son séjour prolongé forcé aux Samoa occidentales est le récit d'une histoire bien moins onirique. Car Mikhail Sebastian est apatride. Il n'a pas de nationalité et par conséquent n'est protégé par aucun État. (Photo: Mikhail Sebastian)

    The Huffington Post

    Les chrétiens de Syrie se retrouvent aujourd'hui engloutis dans un gouffre social et politique où certains demeurent fidèles au gouvernement Assad pour assurer leur survie, tandis que d'autres auraient refusé les armes que leur proposait le gouvernement, pour choisir de se battre au côté de l'Armée syrienne libre ou bien encore se retrouvant soit déplacés dans leur propre pays ou bien dans les camps de réfugiés en Turquie, en Jordanie et au Liban. (Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

    Embassy Magazine

    Mali is in the middle of a civil war. But, it isn’t Canada’s war. For more than a year, conflicts between the central government and Islamist factions in Northern Mali including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqmi) and the Touareg-led Ansari Dine, have threatened the country’s stability. Last January 10, former colonial power France decided to intervene to support the local government after President Dioncounda Traoré publically asked for assistance to liberate the country from rebels. (Photo: Kambou Sia/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Concordian

    Greece’s democracy is at risk. With the European Union and the International Monetary Fund imposing austerity measures in return for a bailout loan, the precarious social conditions in which Greeks now live and the implosion of the country’s political system have led many to think that a civil war could become the next reality. (Photo: AFP/Stringer)

    The Huffington Post

    In an article published in 2012 in The Atlantic , Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department and dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, explained the reasons “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” According to her, the deeply rooted gender stereotypes continue to play a critical role in shaping the society and the workplace. Men are still seen as the breadwinners and women as the caregivers for children, which in turn often pulls them away from the labour force and thus the leading corporate positions. (Photo: Phillip Toledano)

    Warehouse Magazine & Concordia Magazine

    From the impressionist paintings of Van Gogh and Monet to Warhol’s Pop Art; neon and pastel clothing to little black dresses; from picturesque natural landscapes to psychedelic mental images; from Little Red Riding Hood and Anne of Green Gables to A Clockwork Orange: colours surround and inspire us. They are an integral part of our culture, seeped into our everyday lives — although sometimes at subconscious levels. (Photo: EPA/Piyal Adhikary)

  • clients & collaborations.

    Media outlets, NGOs, associations, and organizations that I've worked with.

    The Economist Group (New York, USA)

    Al Jazeera English (International)

    Huffington Post (USA, France & Quebec editions)


    Visual.ly (USA)

    Slate Magazine (France)

    World Resources Forum (Switzerland)

    World Economic Forum (Switzerland)

    Pro Journo (Switzerland)

    Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (USA)

    Politheor, European Policy Network (Europe, The Balkans)

    Global Voices (USA, The Netherlands, International)

    Canadian Centre for International Justice (Canada)

    Journalists for Human Rights (Canada)

    Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Canada)

    The Korea Observer (South Korea)

    Embassy, foreign policy magazine (Canada)

    warehouse magazine (Canada)

    Golden Key International Honour Society (USA)



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