Aaron Hesse is a Research Assistant at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). His work focuses on political and military developments in Iraq. Aaron previously worked as a Research Assistant on ISW's Syria portfolio. Prior to joining ISW, Aaron was a research assistant for Michael Gordon (The Wall Street Journal) working on his forthcoming book, Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State. Aaron received a Master's degree in International Relations from the American University in Cairo and holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is proficient in Arabic.