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Aaron Pilkington

PhD Candidate at Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

I am an Air Force analyst of Middle East affairs and currently a PhD candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver under supervision of Dr. Martin Rhodes, Dr. David Goldfischer, and Dr. Nader Hashemi. I specialize in Middle East politics and security and Iranian defense strategy. I will later join the Military & Strategic Studies department at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


  • 2004–present
    Analyst of Middle East Affairs, US Air Force
  • 2021–present
    PhD Student, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver


  • 2018 
    Naval Postgraduate School, Master of Arts in Middle East Security
  • 2012 
    National Intelligence University, Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence

Professional Memberships

  • General George W. Casey Leadership Scholar
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
  • International Studies Association
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • U.S. State Department - Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Society