From Ship to all Shores

Portrait Picture Jonothon Paz

Jonathon Paz y Miño ’13
MA in International Affairs

I was born in Mexico City, Mexico and lived there for several months before my family moved to Santiago, Chile. At the time, my father was working for the United Nations. His third posting after Chile brought us to Nairobi, Kenya.

It was in Kenya where I grew up. As a young boy I attended the International School in Kenya (ISK) which introduced me for the first time to a truly multicultural environment. As all of the students came from many different nations, I quickly built an appreciation for studying in a multicultural environment that gave me the chance to learn about the world.

After Kenya, my family moved to New York City where I finished my high school education in Queens. I received my Bachelor’s degree in European History from the University of Colorado. Upon graduation, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. I spent the next 12 years as a naval officer working in various countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, living in the cities of Bogota, Manama, and Kampala, before settling in Paris to attend AUP.

Working in the United States Navy allowed me to become intimately familiar with the formulation and enforcement of U.S. foreign policy. In an effort to balance this experience, I sought to study international relations, in an academic setting at the graduate level, from a non-U.S. or a more international perspective.

I decided the best way to accomplish this would be to attend a graduate school outside the United States, that is, an academic institution with a student body and a faculty more representative of the international community. I found AUP to be the best fit.  The diversity and multicultural environment at AUP exposed me to a multitude of different ideas and perspectives. This is significant as it gave me the opportunity to exchange ideas and become familiar with different ways of thinking.

As part of the established requirements for graduate programs at AUP the faculty welcomes new ideas and gives students the freedom to pursue research in many related areas. Unlike Columbia University, where I started my graduate studies, the smaller size of AUP allows students to receive more attention from the faculty which gives the students the opportunity to develop excellent working relationships with their professors.

One of the significant advantages in pursuing my graduate studies at AUP was the opportunity to live in Paris. Paris is a city that represents and promotes the free exchange and expression of ideas. It is the perfect place to be a student. As a firm believer in liberal values such as freedom, liberty, and equality, I benefited immensely from living and studying in a city with a strong history of attracting artists, intellectuals, scholars and students all of whom have made significant contributions to Western liberal thought. This tradition is captured in the cities architecture, museums, political institutions and prominent universities.

Today, Paris continues to be a center for learning and for the free expression of ideas. As a graduate student at AUP, I was able to harness all the city’s resources for my studies including the large collection of resources from other universities, such as Sciences Po and the Sorbonne, where I was able to attend lectures and conduct research.

After graduating from AUP, I obtained a job with the U.S. Navy as a maritime analyst. I currently work in Bahrain doing maritime research and analysis for U.S. naval leaders on merchant marine operations in the Middle East.  My professional goal is to eventually work for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity in the area of foreign policy formulation. Although there are many paths and organizations that could lead to attaining this goal as a starting point, I am interested in conducting research and analysis on foreign policy issues that relate to security.

Portrait Picture Jonothon Paz

Jonathon Paz y Miño ’13
MA in International Affairs

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