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 real issue is whether the Mexican public and authorities can tolerate such a setback.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman broke out of a high security prison on Saturday night for the second time.

The US Army can expect a future of potential or protracted confrontation among state, nonstate, and individual actors who will use violence to achieve political, religious, and other ideological...

They hid in plain sight, the homebrew gun club for a powerful new gang, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

This paper sheds light on the relocation of power and control over security from state to non-state armed actors.

Drug Trafficking, Corruption and States: How Illicit Networks Shaped Institutions in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico A Small Wars Journal--El Centro and Vortex Foundation Book

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.