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:

Mexico and the US continue to assert that this a war on drugs, but provide no evidence that the drug trade has diminished despite the mounting death toll and the billions of dollars spent.

Cartel Car Bombings in Mexico by SWJ-El Centro Senior Fellows Robert Bunker and John Sullivan, Strategic Studies Institute.

SWJ-El Centro Fellow Robert Killebrew has a new op-ed at War on the Rocks. In the piece, Colonel Killebrew assesses the convergence between TCOs and the IRGC/Quds Force in the Western Hemisphere.

Associated Press reports "U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero". AP and news links.

Attacks against Mexican government officials, law enforcement, and political institutions by drug cartels, fall neatly into the Fourth Generation Warfare paradigm.

Since 2006 exceptionally intense drug-related warfare has plagued Mexico and accumulated a death toll ranging from at least 50,000 to perhaps over 100,000 with an additional 20,000 missing.

Mexican Cartels Hiring US Soldiers as Hit Men - Joseph J. Kolb, Fox News.

Although DOD’s Counternarcotics & Global Threats Strategy specifies a comprehensive set of goals and objectives associated with combating TOC, it stops short of providing the details...

How Caribbean Organized Crime is Replacing the State by Lillian Bobea, InSight Crime. "In Caribbean countries criminal groups have established clear-cut alliances with political parties and...

Los Zetas’ ‘Way of Combat’ by Antonio Sampaio at Kings of War. "Los Zetas’ strategic thinking remains a powerful influence over criminal actors."