Etienne Rosas

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Assistant Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in diplomacy and international relations, American Graduate School in Paris; M.A. in strategic negotiation and international relations, Université Paris-Sud XI - Sceaux; B.A. in finance and international business, University of Texas at Brownsville


Etienne Rosas holds a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and is an assistant policy researcher at RAND. He holds a dual B.A. degree in finance and international business from the University of Texas at Brownsville (2007), an M.A. degree in international relations and diplomacy from the American Graduate School in Paris and an M.A. in diplomacy and strategic negotiation from Universite Paris Sud XI.

Originally from Brownsville, Texas, and a second-generation Mexican American, his research has covered issues pertaining to U.S.-Mexico relations, in particular drug policy and transnational criminal organizations. At RAND, he has analyzed the crime-terror nexus to design new strategies and frameworks for countering violent non-state actors and violent extremism (CVE), at one point working with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Public Safety in the crafting of their CVE program. Most recently, he worked with the HSOAC Municipalities Sector team on developing the Puerto Rico Recovery Plan that was submitted to U.S. Congress. Generally, topics relevant to his research include criminal and ideologically extremist organizations, U.S.-Mexico/Latin America relations, immigration, economic inequality, corruption, conflict and international development, disaster recovery and resilience, and international drug policy reform. 

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Spotlight Innovation Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Key Contributor Award, HSOAC Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program (Municipalities sector team)


Spanish; French