George W. Grayson

George W. Grayson is the 1938 Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary. He focuses on Latin American Politics, with a particular interest in Mexico. He has written 30 books and monographs on international affairs.  Most recently, he co-authored, with Sam Logan, The Executioner’s Men: Inside Los Zetas (to be published by Transaction Press in March 2012).  His other publications include: Consequences of Vigilantism in Mexico for the United States (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2011); Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State? (Transaction 2010), La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2010); and Mexico’s Struggle with Drugs and Thugs (Foreign Policy Association, 2009). He is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C. and an Associate Scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. Grayson earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), his M.A. and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and a J.D. at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

The February 2014 take-down of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the notorious over-lord of the Sinaloa Cartel, has had a rippling effect on the drug war in northern Mexico.

Part 4 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014.