Author Alejandro Gamboa

Alejandro Gamboa

Alejandro Gamboa is an editor at the International Security Observer and head of the Security Studies Division. Alejandro works as a researcher and analyst at a private security firm in the Washington DC area. His work helps private and public sector clients keep abreast of the threats they face in high-risk regions of the world. Born in the Seattle area, Alejandro received his BA from the University of Washington, majoring in International Studies with a specialization in ethnic conflict and nationalist movements. He obtained his MA in International Relations at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, where he wrote his thesis on the use of preventive violence by states to mitigate some of the most salient national security threats of the post-Cold War era. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

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On February 8, 2014, hundreds of members of Michoacán’s self-defense units (locally known as autodefensas) entered the town of Apatzingán, near Mexico’s southwest coast, along with hundreds of federal police…