Ioan Grillo


Based in Mexico City, Ioan Grillo was GlobalPost senior correspondent covering Mexico and Latin America. He has reported on the region since 2001 for media including Time magazine, the Sunday Telegraph, Al Jazeera English, France 24, Letras Libres, the International New York Times and many others. He specializes in drugs and crime and the tragic wars they have unleashed. He is author of "El Narco,” which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and The Orwell Prize. In 2016, he wrote the book “Gangster Warlords.”

A display of a variety of guns on a table made from unauthorized parts

President Biden set to further regulate ‘ghost guns’


The Biden administration faces pushback from Republicans as it tries to pass legislation to further regulate “ghost guns” assembled with homemade parts.

On Location video: Mexico’s oil bandits

Mexico’s cartel army, Los Zetas, is drug war’s scourge


Mexico drug war boosts security business

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Fall in fortunes

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The danger of singing about drugs

Mexican crooners sing about drug cartels, and sometimes find themselves the victims of violence.

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Analysis: Mexico a failing state?

In the midst of a drug war, Mexico bristles at comparisons to Pakistan and accusations that it is bordering on collapse.

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Car exports crash, and Mexican unemployment rises

Mexico’s car manufacturing industry nosedives.

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Clash of the cartels: a guide

Mexico’s ruthless drug lords protect themselves, their territories, and their criminal and drug trades, with horrifying brutality.

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Meet the drug lords

A guide to the four most notorious drug cartel kingpins in Mexico