Mexico & Central America

Mexico & Central America


In the past 20 years, and in parallel to rising homicide rates in the region, we have witnessed an explosion in writing on violence in Mexico & Central America. Yet, a large proportion of this academic, journalistic and ‘expert’ work, as well as national and regional security policies, are characterized by the distance – both physical and analytical – that they maintain from the local realities that affect the region.

Because of this distance, as well as a strong normative stance on ‘criminal violence’, one can observe a lack of understanding around the local dynamics of security, governance and (dis)order.

A Call for Local Understanding
of Violence in Mexico
& Central America

Read our MXAC Editorial Guidelines


The Mexico Opium Project​

Elections and Violence in Mexico

Violence Takes

Migration in
Central America​

Sembrando Vida, Illicit Crops & Rural Violence in Mexico

Podcast series

Conversations on Gender, Geography, and Violence against Women in Mexico & Central America


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The Mexico & Central America Program publishes original material on our website, as well as on a dedicated Blog Space on Animal Político.

Noria’s initiative aims to support qualitative research that enables a better understanding of the dynamics of violence in Mexico and Central America.

This effort is coordinated by a independent Editorial Board:

Dr. Cecilia Farfán-Mendez (Program Chief Editor)
Dr. María Martinez Trujillo (Animal Político Blog Editor)
Dr. Carlos Pérez Ricart
Dr. Nathaniel Morris

Our Editorial Board continuously receives proposals, written in English or Spanish, for publication on our website or our blog.

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