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:

US Military Expands its Drug War in Latin America by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press.

An overview of the recent findings of the Justice in Mexico Project.

Via Borderland Beat: "For more than 48 hours armed men held the entire town of Marcos Castellanos hostage, killing two people and kidnapping a police officer. After the attack most of the...

Grenades are becoming more and more common in Mexico with thousands seized from the gangs and cartels and are becoming an officer safety concern on this side of the border.

Transnational criminal organization violence is spilling over the southern border of the US, but without a definition the extent of the epidemic is unknown.

Rare photos of receovered cartel car bomb are reminiscent of IEDs found in Iraq.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto plans to create a Gendarmería Nacional, initially of 10,000 officers, to police the contested plazas and regions impacted...

Mexico's new president Enrique Peña Nieto has trumpeted its proposed reforms, but there are more similarities than differences with the Calderon Administration.

Op-Ed: The Need For A "Half-Pivot to the Americas" by Dr. Robert J. Bunker and posted by the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute.

Chinese Organized Crime in Latin America by R. Evan Ellis, National Defense University, PRISM.