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Chair: Dr Amanda Chisholm, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies and Researcher in gender and security at King's College London 

Speaker: Raúl Zepeda Gil, PhD Researcher in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London

Discussant: Dr Vinicius de Carvalho, Vice Dean (International), Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King's College London

Usually, violent conflict overshadows pacification and progress. Since 2006, Mexico has experienced a deathly drug war. Nonetheless, over the 20th century, this country experienced a long process of pacification, measured here by homicide rates. Raúl Zepeda Gil explains how this extraordinary process happened. 

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About the speaker

Raúl Zepeda Gil is a PhD Candidate in the Defence Studies Department and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of War Studies.

Previously, he earned a master's degree in Political Science from El Colegio de México and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Public Administration at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM). Currently working on youth and organised crime in Mexico, he has published research on organised crime, foreign policy, peacekeeping, and Mexican politics.

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New voices in global security 

This event is part of the New voices in global security series, which promotes the research of PhD students and Early Career Researchers working both within and beyond the School of Security Studies.

Drawing on cutting edge research, speakers highlight diverse empirical, methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding global security, and engage with questions of equality, diversity and inclusion within the discipline. 

At this event

Amanda Chisholm

Reader in Gender and Security

Vinicius  de Carvalho

Reader in Brazilian and Latin American Studies