Etienne Rosas is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and 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, he is bicultural and bilingual (Spanish and English) since childhood and has focused his studies on issues pertaining to U.S.-Mexico relations, in particular drug policy and transnational criminal organizations. At AGS in Paris, his thesis topic was on drug legalization scenarios in Mexico and the U.S. and drug policy reform. Generally, topics he has researched have considered U.S.-Mexico/Latin America relations, immigration, inequality, counterterrorism, corruption and development, and international drug policy reform. At RAND, he has focused on developing frameworks for analyzing the crime-terror nexus and designing new strategies for countering violent extremism.