Alonso Álvarez is an Assistant Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. He previously worked in the international development sector in Brazil, Ecuador, Cambodia, Thailand and Peru. He holds a Master of Arts in Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development from the University of East Anglia in the UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations from San Francisco State University in the US. His research focuses mainly in Latin America, particularly Mexico's politics. Alonso is bilingual in English and Spanish, has advance knowledge of Portuguese, and intermediate knowledge of French. He is the recipient of five academic merit-based scholarships.