The Ridgway Center and the Center for Latin American Studies are proud to present the talk "The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico," by Michael Deibert. This event will occur on Thursday, 10/22 at 3:00 p.m. in Posvar Hall, Room 4130.
Michael Deibert's In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel, and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico has been described by National Book Award finalist Ben Fountain as "an extraordinary book cuts through the politics and propaganda, straight to the heart of the matter - the lives lost, the profits reaped, and the vast systems on both sides of the border that keep the whole bloody business going," and by Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness, as "a remarkable chronicle of a cartel's rise and a country's fall." His previous book, The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair, published in 2013 by Zed Books in cooperation with the Royal African Society, the International African Institute and the World Peace Foundation, was praised by the Guardian as "a scrupulously researched reminder of how this corner of the world became so wretched, and of the multiple actors responsible," and by the London School of Economics as "an essential read for those of us interested in wider postcolonial worlds and the historical fragments of local, regional and global contexts that intersect and link huge parts of the planet together." His first book, Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti (Seven Stories Press, 2005), was praised by the Miami Herald as "a powerfully documented exposé" and by the San Antonio Express-News as "a compelling mix of reportage, memoir and social criticism." His forthcoming book, Haiti Will Not Perish: 2004-2015, will be published by Zed Books next year.
Michael's writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, Le Monde diplomatique, Folha de São Paulo and The World Policy Journal, among other venues. He has been a featured commentator on international affairs on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, National Public Radio, WNYC New York Public Radio and KPFK Pacifica Radio. In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the International Peace Research Association and, in 2008, he was selected as a finalist for the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, sponsored by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, both in recognition of his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the conference, "Gangs & Drug Trafficking in Central America" which will occur on Friday, October 23, from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. For additional information on the Gang & Drug Trafficking conference,
or to RSVP to it, please see http://www.clasconference.org/gangs_drug_trafficking/.