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:

"Kilcullen's thesis is a compelling one: remote desert battlegrounds & impenetrable mountain tribal areas are not, in fact, where we will encounter the violence of tomorrow."

Interview with Brookings Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown.

"With smart strategies and the right resources, the United States can still make a huge difference, especially when it has effective and willing partners."

Mexican Cartel Essays and Notes is a collection of twenty-three Small Wars Journal articles supplemented by operational and tactical notes covering a variety of cartel-related subjects.

This Spanish language SWJ-El Centro article is intended to stimulate debate among Latin American security professionals.

"An audacious band of citizen militias battles a brutal drug cartel in the hills of central Mexico."

Small Wars Journal El Centro Senior Fellows John P. Sullivan and Robert J. Bunker new book: Studies in Gangs and Cartels.

We Americans tend to invent for ourselves a comfortable U.S.-centric vision with an enemy who looks and acts more or less as we do, and a situation in which the fighting is done by conventional...

Narco-Politics: How Mexico Got There and How It Can Get Out by Pamela F. Izaguirre, Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

No matter how much the cartels tried, and continue to try, to hide their evil acts with continued threats against journalists, a group of citizens emerged to fill in the gap of local cartel...