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Spies, Assassins, and Statesmen in Mexico’s Cold War


Wil G. Pansters

Utrecht University and University of Groningen, NL
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Wil G. Pansters <> is head of the Department of Social Sciences at University College Utrecht and professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, both at Utrecht University. He is also professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Groningen. He has published on political culture, regional history, democratization, violence and drug trafficking. His most recent book is Violence, Coercion and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico. The Other Half of the Centaur (Stanford University Press, 2012). His work has appeared in Bulletin of Latin American Research, Conflict & Society, Minerva, and European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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Eclipse of the Assassins. The CIA, Imperial Politics, and the Slaying of Mexican Journalist Manuel Buendía, by Russell H. Bartley and Sylvia Erickson Bartley. University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.


Mexico’s Cold War. Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution, by Renata Keller. Cambridge University Press, 2015.


The Logic of Compromise in Mexico. How the Countryside Was Key to the Emergence of Authoritarianism, by Gladys I. McCormick. The University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

How to Cite: Pansters, W. G. (2017). Spies, Assassins, and Statesmen in Mexico’s Cold War. ERLACS, (103), 143–156. DOI:
Published on 27 Jun 2017.


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