Neither Insurgency nor Paramilitarism. Notes on Los Zetas and the Violence in Mexico

Jesús Pérez Caballero
The analysis of the characteristics of Los Zetas, former group of hitmen of the Gulf Cartel and currently independent, allows describing the novelty that this non-state actor has brought to the conflict among Mexican drug trafficking organizations, and between them and the Mexican state. In fact, Los Zetas modus operandi requires a redefinition of drug-related violence in Mexico. It illustrates both contemporary challenges in the violence promoted by non-state organizations, and their links with public...
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