Cecilia Farfán-Méndez Gema Kloppe-Santamaría Sandra Ley Markus Hochmüller Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

The politics of violence in Mexico and Central America

A Talk by Gema Kloppe-Santamaría , Romain Le Cour Grandmaison , Sandra Ley , Dr. Cecilia Farfán-Méndez and Markus Hochmüller

About this Talk

The objective of this Session is to reflect on the political economy of violence in Mexico and Central America. Although it is undeniable that organized crime is part of the issue, the argument that criminal groups are the sole actor behind violence in the region is not satisfactory. We want to "bring politics back in" and to offer a more complex picture of a phenomenon that cannot be understood through a zero-sum game analysis of “crime” vs. “politics”.

01 December 2021, 05:30 PM

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM

About The Speakers

Gema Kloppe-Santamaría

Gema Kloppe-Santamaría

Assistant Professor of Latin American History, George Washington University

Sociologist and historian specializing on violence, gender, and crime in Latin America. Assistant Professor at George Washington University, Global Fellow at The Wilson Center, Author of "In the Vortex of Violence".


Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

Romain Le Cour Grandmaison

Noria Research / Paris-1 Panthéon Sorbonne -

PhD. / Analyst / Mexico - LatAm / Governance, Public Security, Criminal Organizations.


Sandra Ley

Sandra Ley

Associate Professor, CIDE

Associate professor, CIDE-Mexico City. Organized crime, political behavior, civil society


Cecilia Farfán-Méndez

Dr. Cecilia Farfán-Méndez

Head of Security Research Programs, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California San Diego


Markus Hochmüller

Markus Hochmüller

Pembroke College Oxford

Researcher, Global Security Programme, Pembroke College Oxford