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:

A battle for spiritual dominance and power is taking place in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

SWJ/El Centro - Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 5: Brazilian Military Stability and Support Operations (SASO) in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

This paper discusses the tactics the Shining Path employed to spread their influence from the southern Andean highlands throughout the majority of Peru.

Continue on for two news articles derived from SWJ/El Centro Mexican Cartel Tactical Note # 35.

The assessment contains sections on transnational criminal organizations as well as gangs. Continue on for a link to the full report.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #35:  Weaponized Drone/UAV/UAS Seized in Valtierrilla, Guanajuato with Remote Detonation IED (‘Papa Bomba’) Payload

The provision of such aid—usually a symbolic effort—should be considered a component of ongoing cartel ‘information operations’

Cocaine and illicit-timber trade are linked by their profitability, industrial proximity, and smuggling convenience.

SWJ-El Centro - An Economic-Jurimetric Analysis of Asset Forfeitures and Human Rights

"Penetrating Latin America has been an Iranian and Hezbollah project for decades. They have been recruiting allies and agents."