EL ACARREO: A MEXICO VIOLENCE NEWSLETTER
March 13, 2023
The Kidnapping in Tamaulipas
Over the past two years, 155 U.S. citizens were murdered in Mexico, according to the U.S. State Department records - The kidnapping of four U.S. citizens on March 3 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, is thus simultaneously a horrific tragedy and perhaps less extraordinary than it appeared.
February 27, 2023
The Trial of Genaro Garcia Luna
García Luna's conviction closes a chapter, but there are still more questions than answers about both the past and the future. What does the case tell us about the drug war? What are the implications for the future of US-Mexico security cooperation? Moving beyond the narco-novela stories of cash-filled duffel bags and clandestine meetings, there are four important considerations to understand the significance of the guilty verdict.
January 9, 2023
Black Thursday II and the Arrest of Ovidio Guzman
In a pre-dawn operation on January 5, Mexican army forces captured Ovidio Guzmán López, unleashing a wave of violence across the entire state of Sinaloa. The terror mimicked the events of October 17, 2019, when blockades and shootouts in Culiacán forced security forces to release Guzmán López after briefly detaining him.
December 19, 2022
2022 in Review
In many ways, a recap of 2022 would sound very similar to that of any other year in Mexico’s recent history. At the same time, the past twelve months have not been simple repetition of history, and it is worth examining some of the most significant developments to understand what 2023 might have in store.
September 6, 2022
Militarization and the National Guard Reforms
Early Saturday morning, in a largely party-line vote, Mexico’s congress passed a set of controversial reforms to the National Guard. The Senate is expected to approve the legislation in the coming days. Here are four points help understand the significance of these reforms...
May 5, 2022
US-Mexico Security Cooperation
US-Mexico security cooperation is once again a hot button topic this month, in the wake of news reports that Mexico has all but stopped collaborating with the DEA on drug trafficking investigations. With intense, close operational cooperation appearing unlikely to return anytime soon, what might the security partnership look like going forward?
June 21, 2021
Journalism in Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas is a state that simultaneously exemplifies and exaggerates many aspects of the drug war. The site of one of the earliest media blackouts due to threats from organized crime, it is also a place that is difficult to understand, where nuance and context are absent from the narrative.
February 25, 2021
The Arrest of Emma Coronel
The arrest of Emma Coronel Aispuro made international headlines but unlike her husband Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán who was presumed one of the world’s most infamous drug traffickers, she was mostly reduced to being named as ‘El Chapo’s’ wife. Her treatment by the press and law enforcement also highlighted what project co-founder Cecilia Farfán has called the paradox of invisibility: By thinking of women as outsiders, they become valuable members of sophisticated criminal groups.