Magdalena Defort

Magdalena Defort is originally from Poland. She earned her Ph.D. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She pursued postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Social Research at UNAM. Currently, she is a Scholar/Researcher at the University of Miami, Coral Gables where she serves as co-chair and co-editor of the research project/book entitled The Decline of US Hegemony and Latin America Integration in the 21st Century: New Patterns of Regional Cooperation and Conflict? Defort’s research interests include terrorism, drug trafficking, insurgencies, civil-military relations in Latin America and military collaborations in countering the new threats in the Americas. She is a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). She speaks fluent Spanish and English, and has communicative skills in French and Portuguese. 

The “Hidden” Power of Illegally Armed Groups in Latin America: Mexico a Case Study

This Spanish language SWJ-El Centro article is intended to stimulate debate among Latin American security professionals.

This article provides insights into the privatization of violence and the legal as well as illegal armed actors’ activities in the new wars.

Capo-militaries, by their diverse portfolio of activities, such as the use of sophisticated weapons, logistics, and tactics, have become threats to national and international security.