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:

Cartel violence is bleeding into the Pacific Northwest.

This second Small Wars Journal-El Centro anthology captures the important debate on the crime wars and criminal insurgencies taking place in Mexico and other regions of the Americas.

The outcome of the fighting in this part of the country will greatly influence the outcome of the whole conflict.

Gulf Cartel Attorney Gunned Down in Southlake, Texas, Borderland Beat.

The use of caltrops by Mexican cartels in Texas.

In the book’s final chapter, Kaplan warns America’s pivot to Asia may overlook its greatest foreign policy opportunity: building an enduring partnership with Mexico to safeguard our...

When a state is unable to maintain its monopoly on violence, power-vacuums inevitably arise.

Combating the marijuana cartels on America’s public lands.

An important article in yesterday's NY Times by Randal Archibold, Damien Cave, and Ginger Thompson. 

Singer Jesus “Chuy” Quintanilla is the latest in a string of balladeers and musicians to be killed in Mexico’s drug war.  This time the killing occurred in Texas.