Nathan P. Jones, the institute"s Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy, will discuss the history of the Arellano Felix Organization (aka the Tijuana Cartel) and what it tells us about the consequences of the drug war in Mexico. His work on the subject won the Western Political Science Association"s 2012 award for best dissertation. At this event, Jones will draw from more than a year of in-depth interviews in Mexico City and Tijuana to provide a rare look at the internal operations of a cartel, as well as the savage internecine battles that continue to this day. Jones will also discuss the controversial security policies of the new presidential administration in Mexico.
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Speaker Nathan P. Jones
Nathan P. Jones, Ph.D., is the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute. His research focuses on drug violence in Mexico. Jones has published with numerous think tanks, including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and ...
Nathan P. Jones, Ph.D., is the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute. His research focuses on drug violence in Mexico. Jones has published with numerous think tanks, including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and InSight Crime. While teaching at the University of San Diego (USD) in 2011-2012, Jones worked closely with the school’s Trans-Border Institute on grant proposals and research projects. He has been a trusted source on issues of violence in Mexico with media outlets such as the Houston Chronicle, Texas Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and KPBS San Diego radio and television.
While studying at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Jones won an Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation dissertation fellowship to conduct one year of fieldwork in Mexico, which he spent in Tijuana and Mexico City assessing the resilience and illicit network structure of the Tijuana cartel. In 2013, he was awarded the Western Political Science Association Best Dissertation Award.
Jones completed his bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, before continuing on to earn his doctorate in political science, focusing on international relations with a regional specialization in Latin America, at UCI. He was a leader in an international relations graduate student group; he also received a Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies affiliate/research award and the James Danziger Excellence in Teaching Award.
Nathan P. Jones