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Dr. George W. Grayson

Phone: 757 331-3031

Dr. George W. Grayson, the Class of 1938 Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary, has made more than 200 research trips to Latin America. He is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a board member of the Center for Immigration Studies. He served as a Democratic member of the Virginia state legislature for 27 years and belongs to Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Grayson lectures regularly at the U.S. Department of State, at the National Defense University, and at universities throughout the United States and Mexico. In addition to preparing a dozen books, as well as monographs for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he has written Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State? (Transaction Publishers, 2009), Mexico’s Struggle with Drugs and Thugs (Foreign Policy Association, 2009), Mexican Messiah (Penn State University Press, 2007), Mesías Mexicano (Random House-Mondadori, 2006), Mexico: the Changing of the Guard (Foreign Policy Association, 2001), Strange Bedfellows: NATO Marches East (University Press of America, 1999), and Mexico: From Corporatism to Pluralism? (Harcourt Brace, 1998). Dr. Grayson has written articles for the Commonweal Magazine, the Harvard International Review, ForeignPolicy.com, Foreign Policy, Orbis, World Affairs, the Baltimore Sun, the Christian Science Monitor, the Houston Chronicle, the Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Reforma (Mexico City), the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He wrote a weekly column for Milenio Semanal (Mexico City) and is a frequent commentator on CNN and NPR and affiliate stations. Dr. Grayson holds a J.D. from the College of William & Mary and a Ph.D. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. George W. Grayson

  • The Evolution of Los Zetas in Mexico and Central America: Sadism as an Instrument of Cartel Warfare

    April 25, 2014

    Authored by Dr. George W. Grayson.
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    Few cartel leaders acquire fame for culinary skills. However, Miguel Ángel “El 40” Treviño Morales, the sadistic erstwhile chief of Los Zetas, became skilled in preparing "el guiso" (the stew). His recipe is simple. After torturing a victim, even an infant, he plunged him into a 55-gallon pig cooker, doused him with gasoline, and set him on fire.

  • The Impact of President Felipe Calderón’s War on Drugs on the Armed Forces: The Prospects for Mexico’s “Militarization” and Bilateral Relations

    December 31, 2012

    Authored by Dr. George W. Grayson.
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    The ever wider involvement of the armed forces in Mexican life is examined by addressing the question: “Is Mexican society being ‘militarized’?” If the answer is “yes,” what will be the probable impact on relations between the United States and its southern neighbor?

  • Threat Posed by Mounting Vigilantism in Mexico

    September 15, 2011

    Authored by Dr. George W. Grayson.
    In recent years, the Mexican media has highlighted brutal acts of vigilantism, known as linchamientos or citizen violence, against suspected wrongdoers in their communities. Mobs have torched presumed pedophiles; average citizens have beaten suspected home invaders; and passengers on buses have hit, kicked, and tortured men who have tried to rob them. Is this behavior related to the nation’s bloody drug war? Does it spring from the indifference of police to poor areas? Or is a means for members of an anonymous crowd to release frustrations over persistent unemployment, acute poverty, and ubiquitous corruption?

  • La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security

    December 13, 2010

    Authored by Dr. George W. Grayson.
    While claiming to do the “Lord’s work,” the ruthless leaders of La Familia Michoacana have emerged as the dominant exporter of methamphetamines to the United States, even as they control scores of municipalities in Michoacán and neighboring states.