Aaron joined CPPF in January 2013. He received his Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) concentrating in International Security Policy and International Conflict Resolution. He was selected as the Program Associate for the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and worked with the organization while he completed his studies. His research interests are the mechanisms of conflict management and international peace processes and he has developed a regional focus on the Horn of Africa. As part of his graduate capstone project with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, he co-authored "The Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Electoral Processes," a systematic look into the support provided by the department's substantive units in preparation, during and after a national vote. He has a B.A. in Political Science with minors in both Human Rights and Legal Studies from Trinity College (CT). Aaron was born and raised in Vermont, but has also lived in Spain and Kenya.