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The Rise of the Narcostate (Mafia States) — A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology

This book is our sixth Small Wars Journal—El Centro anthology, covering writings published between 2016 and 2017. The theme of this anthology pertains to the rise of the narcostate (mafia states) as a result of the collusion between criminal organizations and political elites—essentially authoritarian regime members, corrupted plutocrats, and other powerful societal elements.

Macro-criminalidad: Complejidad y resiliencia de las redes criminales

A Small Wars Journal and Vortex Foundation Book (Español): "Salcedo-Albarán y Garay-Salamanca han creado una obra importante y única: una poderosa y convincente explicación de la tipología de redes macro-criminales, que explica cómo las amenazas del crimen organizado son subestimadas y mal interpretadas po

Drug Trafficking, Corruption and States: How Illicit Networks Shaped Institutions in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico

Drug Trafficking, Corruption and States (A Small Wars Journal-El Centro and Vortex Foundation Book) is cutting edge research. Garay-Salamanca and Salcedo-Albarán, along with their contributing authors help document the transition from economic to political imperatives within transnational drug cartels. Social Network Analysis is their tool for illuminating the varying dynamics of cartel-state inter-penetration and reconfiguration. 

Global Radical Islamist Insurgency: Al Qaeda and Islamic State Networks Focus Vol. I: 2007-2011—A Small Wars Journal Anthology

This anthology—the first of an initial two volume set—specifically covers Small Wars Journal writings on the Al Qaeda network spanning the years 2007-2011. It is followed by a second volume covering the years 2012-2014 that highlights both Al Qaeda and Islamic State activities. Depending on the receptivity of the readers to these volumes, future anthologies may be published.

Mexico's Criminal Insurgency: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology

In sum, this anthology represents some of the best and brightest scholars of today who are writing on the evolving security environment in Mexico and the implications this may hold for the United States. They have greatly enhanced our understanding of crime wars and criminal insurgencies—21st century war and conflict waged by non-state entities—and the impact this new form of warfare is having on states. – Dave Dilegge, SWJ Editor-in-Chief