Ioan Grillo Interview

18 Feb, 2016 by

Ioan Grillo Interview

More than a million people were murdered in Latin America and the Caribbean over the first decade of the new millennium – victims of an ongoing conflict caused by the drug trade. Every so often, we hear about it on our news bulletins – either the violence is so shocking that it cuts through, or Sean Penn has interviewed a drug lord. But with the roots of the conflicts stretching back decades and the nature of the violence shifting from region to region, it’s hard to really understand what’s happened.

Ioan Grillo has been reporting on Latin America for 15 years – for Time, Reuters, CNN, BBC – most of major news outlets, really. In his latest book, Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America, Ioan examines the conflict in 4 regions, and gives us an insight into how the cartels started and how they maintain their power.

Ioan spoke to Sky Kirkham about the history behind Brazil’s Red Commandos, war as a technical term, and a possible path to peace. Originally broadcast 18/02/16. Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America is out through Bloomsbury.

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