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:

This paper assesses maritime drug smuggling by Mexican drug trafficking organizations on the coast of California with an emphasis on the use of panga boats.

As past demobilization efforts show, significant segments of non-state armed actors who are supposed to disarm simply move on from ideologically inspired violence to economically driven violence.

Three nations in Central America’s Northern Triangle have implemented an integrated, multinational task force to combat the threat from gangs.

Are successful international companies and drug cartels so different after all? Apparently not.

The 2015 prison escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman demonstrated the degree to which Mexican drug cartels have penetrated a key institution of state control.

“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.