Speaker: Raúl Zepeda Gil, PhD researcher, King’s College London
Discussant: Mónica Serrano, Senior Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University
Raúl is a PhD researcher at the School of Security Studies in King’s College London, specialising in youth, crime, and violent conflict regarding the Mexican Drug War. He currently teaches at the War Studies Department and the School of Politics and Economics. Before his doctoral studies, Raúl earned a MA in Political Science from El Colegio de México and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the National Autonomous University of México. Currently, as a PhD Researcher, and before as a policy research on the Mexican Senate think tank, he has published numerous articles regarding drug policy, violence in Latin America, development, state-building, youth, crime, foreign policy, inequality, civil-military relations and Mexican politics. He also coordinated the Second National Conference on Violence and Peace, co-organised by El Colegio de México and the National Commission for Human Rights. Professionally, Raúl advised the transition team for the upcoming Mexican government in 2018 on legislative issues for the 2019 National Budget in the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit and was appointed Director General for Legislative Liaison for the Secretariat of Economy in 2019. As Director General, Raúl co-coordinated the legislative efforts to approve the new United States, Mexico, and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), the secondary legislation drafted for the new treaty, and the new food labelling legislation to tackle obesity. His first employment was as head of the department of peace and civil culture for the state government of Morelos, where he advised on crime prevention policy and democratic culture events and worked on the draft of the new Youth Law passed by the local congress.