Podcast (Audio only)

As Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto begins his second year in office, the country is facing rising security concerns brought about by armed vigilantes in the southwest state of Michoacán. These groups are increasingly militarized to the point they are willing to engage in gun battles with organized crime for control of cities. While the government has agreed to work with them in a limited capacity, it is unclear what their role will be, or how they fit into Mexico’s fight against organized crime.

In this Ground Truth Briefing, Mexico experts on the ground discuss these events.  



  • Ioan Grillo

    Journalist and author of "El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency"
  • Dudley Althaus

    Senior Correspondent for Mexico and Central America, GlobalPost
  • Duncan Wood

    Director, Mexico Institute