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:

A Baker Institute analysis from SWJ's El Centro Fellow Nathan Jones.

A new Texas Department of Public Safety Threat Assessment report states that criminal cartels are operating in Texas and are the No. 1 threat to the Lone Star State. Narcobloqueos (narco-...

Wealthy, business-savvy Mexican immigrants transform Texas city by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times.

Europe faces serious security challenges that continue to grow in scale and sophistication.

The International Crisis Group published a new report on 'criminal cartels' in Mexico. The report Peña Nieto’s Challenge: Criminal Cartels and Rule of Law in Mexico,...

A Mexico Border Shootout Reveals Effort to Cover Up Violence - Written by InSight Crime.

Little attention has been paid to non-state actors conducting cyberwars against each other and the disruptive effects these wars can have on nation-states. By Paul Rexton Kan.

Spread of Vigilantes Sparks Debate in Mexico by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press.

MOGO (Making Order using Google as an Oracle) is highly cost effective and provides very significant OSINT (open source intelligence) analytical capabilities via a web crawler approach.

This may very well be the first targeted assassination of a Mexican public safety official by a sniper utilizing a .50 cal rifle.