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:

While cartel drones are typically considered a tool for smuggling, they are increasingly seen as having application for other purposes including espionage, surveillance, and as weapons.

SWJ-EL Centro Fellow Nate Jones just published the book Mexico's Illicit Drug Networks and the State Reaction.

“This monograph creates a proposed insurgency typology divided into legacy, contemporary, and emergent and potential insurgency forms, and provides strategic implications.”

Bloodbath on the beaches: The Mexican drug gangs riding on JET SKIS to blast victims ‘James Bond-style’.

To better understand the challenges of securing the border, this article analyzes the Border States environment, the human element, and then look towards the future.

While it contends with the Islamic State and al-Qaida an insurgency intent on challenging the sovereignty of the U.S. government is already here.

New York Times twofer: The manhunt for El Chapo and why Mexico's mayors are cartel targets.

In summation, this is an excellent work derived from a number of years of intimate interviews and field reports conducted by Grillo.

Transnational criminal enterprises are now forging alliances in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operation with the intention of increasing income, influence, and power.

The Qods Force is responsible for bolstering Hezbollah over thirty years ago and they have been working together across the globe ever since.