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Latin American Program in the News: "Mexican Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán To Be Protagonist In New TV Narco-Thriller"

Eric L. Olson

Latin American Program Associate Director Eric L. Olson is quoted in this article about television network UniMás's plans to serialize the life of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

In this article discussing Univision affiliate UniMás's purchase of the TV rights to create a serial about the life of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Latin American Program Associate Director Eric L. Olson talks about the possibility that the series will glamorize Guzmán and continue a trend of "narco-novelas."

"The series is likely to further the perception of El Chapo as a popular folk hero glorified by the media. “There is always the risk of greater mystification and glorification but it could also demystify if done well,” Eric Olson, an expert on the Mexican cartels at the Woodrow Wilson Center, told me."

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Eric L. Olson

Eric L. Olson

Global Fellow;
Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation
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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more