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William Knechtel was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He is a master’s student in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) of Geneva. His research focuses on the illicit economy, and organized crime. He is particularly interested in identifying how variances in narcotic prices influence drug related violence and cartel organizational designs. Prior to studying at IHEID, William completed a Double Honours Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Windsor. In the summer he will move to Mexico to work for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.