El Centro

SWJ El Centro, or "downtown" in Spanish, is our town square for analysis and discussion of Latin America's guerilla wars and criminal insurgencies.  More about El Centro here.

Recent El Centro Journal Articles and SWJ Blog Posts:

The Transnational Gang Threat - Part 1: Joining Forces to Meet the Challenge - FBI

This work marks the 3rd Small Wars Journal-El Centro anthology.

This is the Spanish language version of John Sullivan’s earlier SWJ article “Explosive Escalation? Reflections on the Car Bombing in Ciudad Juarez”.

This is the third and last essay in the series that examines the rising threat of organized criminality and its spillover effects across levels of analysis.

The purpose of this second essay is to develop our analytical framework in more depth and provide a detailed analysis.

A top United States general in charge of protecting the southern border says he’s been unable to combat the steady flow of illegal drugs, weapons and people from Central America.

Organized criminal groups have expanded their networks and employed technology in novel and startling ways to counteract efforts to detect, disrupt, and capture them.

What is setting the current influx of migrants apart is the sheer number of unaccompanied children who make up the majority of the tidal wave.

Despite the scope of the threat to Mexico’s security, violent drug-trafficking organizations are not well understood, and optimal strategies to combat them have not been identified.

How Government Structure Encourages Criminal Violence: The Causes of Mexico’s Drug War by Viridiana Rios Contreras