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:

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.

A huge SWJ BZ to Irina A. Chindea.

Dumping large sums of money into solutions that have provided no relief will only weaken the current state.

Only a few examples exist where drug crops, to one degree or another, have played role in a war and where the conflict was resolved or appeared to be heading towards resolution.

A Vortex Foundation and Small Wars Journal--El Centro Book.

Dr. Paul Rexton Kan, a SWJ--El Centro fellow and professor of National Security Studies, US Army War College, has recently published the new book Drug Trafficking and International Security.