Author: Aaron Aristotle (Brussels, Belgium)

2020 U.S. Election Coverage:
Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy

The 2020 US Presidential Election process is currently in full swing. We have already heard multiple Democratic debates, and we’ve had primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. From the three early primary states, one man is currently leading in both delegate counts and nationwide polling, and that is Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. His… Read more »

Understanding the US/Iran relationship

For the last couple of years, the Trump administration has been edging closer to war with Iran. This was especially true during the first few weeks of January 2020. On January 3rd, Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top commander at the helm of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Although the… Read more »

Kobe Bryant: A Personal Tribute

It is hard for me to write this article without shedding a tear. The news of Kobe Bryant’s death personally affected me. I was having a great Sunday evening with my friends, celebrating the Chinese New Year. As I was heading back home, CNN broke the horrible news. My childhood hero, Kobe Bryant, had died… Read more »

Proxy Warfare in the Middle East

As was the case with the Cold War between the US and the former Soviet Union, the cold war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been waged through proxy conflicts. The late General Qasem Soleimani played a huge role in Iran’s support of Shia militants in Iraq, Hebollah in Lebanon, and the Houthis in Yemen… Read more »

Middle Eastern Cold War: the Sunni/Shia divide

For many years, Islam has dominated every aspect of Middle Eastern society and culture. It has also dominated the political discourse in the region. And it is an important lens through which to understand the seemingly never-ending tensions there. Islam has two major denominations: Sunni and Shia. The initial divide in Islam theology began over… Read more »

Qassem Soleimani:
the power of Iran’s shadowy general

Iran on Monday morning was a country in deep shock. Millions of Iranian citizens flocked to Tehran to pay their respects to the late Major General Qassem Soleimani, leader of the elite Iranian Quds force. The late general was killed in Baghdad last Friday, after a U.S. Reaper drone launched strikes into his convoy. Senior… Read more »

The Afghan War:
18 years of lies and other deceptions

In the midst of the current impeachment of the US President, the Washington Post has published an investigative piece about America’s war in Afghanistan. The article is entitled “At War with the Truth.” No words can describe the country’s continued involvement in Afghanistan since the early days of the 21st century. Officials believed at the… Read more »

A Personal Take on the Assassination of JFK

I was headed home to Amsterdam from Los Angeles when I came across a daring decision. What do I want to watch on a 10 -hour flight? I was really not into watching fantasy or superhero movies. And, as Alec Baldwin’s character on The Hunt for Red October once said, “I can never sleep on… Read more »

U.S. and China: clashing visions for Asia-Pacific

The Shangri-La Dialogue has been Southeast Asia’s premier defense meeting for a decade now. The event hosted by the London-based International and Strategic Studies is the “track-one” platform for government officials to discuss regional dynamics in one of the world’s must-watch areas for the future. The Shangri-La Dialogue is the Munich Security Conference for Southeast… Read more »

Mueller’s report: smoking gun?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has dominated Washington conversations since Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr in March 2019. Barr released his own summary of Muller’s report, which according to some members of the Mueller team, “failed to adequately portray the findings”… Read more »