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 "black market" accounts for a quarter of Mexico's GDP and employs more than half its workforce. The numbers illustrate a failure of public policy and raise a red flag for the...

Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border will defend not just his home state but the entire nation.

The lessons of counterinsurgency and nation-building in Colombia can also apply to the Arab world.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #21: Cartel Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

"This monograph demonstrates that a combination of high quantity and high quality USSOF engagement bolstered Colombian capacity."

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.