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:

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #24: Gendarmerie Ambushed in Ocotlan, Jalisco State by Narco Commando—5 Killed, 8 Wounded

“Splinter Gulf Cartel drug groups fight for control of Matamoros/Reynosa.”Mexico DailyReview. 14 February 2015,

Many in the academic and policy communities share the notion that organized crime groups operate similarly to legitimate businesses.

Small Wars Journal and El Centro is saddened to announce the death of George W. Grayson.

Our fourth SWJ El Centro anthology in the series (covering most of 2014) is out.

Last year was witness to three police operations against gangs in Catalonia, targeting the Latin Kings, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13), and the Bloods.

Outlines the root causes of Colombia’s existing security and development challenges and highlights some of the shortcomings in Colombia’s “counterinsurgency” strategy.

Derived from the location of where the armored vehicles were found, it is believed that they belong to a faction of the Cartel del Golfo. (In Spanish and English)

... relatively sophisticated nautical craft beneath the waves – we need to understand their capabilities and intent. This volume is a fine start. - Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

At this moment, the fiercest, most powerful criminal organizations in the world are located in Mexico.