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:

“All Colombians want peace. Any future deal with FARC, however, must address citizens’ concerns.”

This work is our fifth Small Wars Journal--El Centro anthology, covering writings first published in 2015.

There are multiple reasons for the surprise outcome, but largely missing from the discussion is the fact that the FARC is perhaps the most reviled insurgency that ever arose in Latin America.

"Who is this alluring, conflicted and mysterious woman? If you have been paying attention to the news you might know her by her most common name – la Santa Muerte, Saint Death."

This paper discusses how Mexican cartel tunnels have evolved during the last five years while addressing specific uses.

Continue on for a Small Wars Journal-El Centro update and call for papers.

El Salvador’s Attorney General is concerned that the maras, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) in particular, are developing armed commando battalions that are designed to confront the state.

This study gives policy makers, scholars, law enforcement practioneers and planners a greater understanding on the degree and nature of Mexican drug trafficking organization’s rationality.

"Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict."

The chances the government’s ongoing peace negotiations with FARC will end with the guerrillas morphing into a political party willing and participating in the democratic process are iffy.