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:

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."

On the Arrest of Mexican Drug Kingpin Z-40 - Houston Chronicle Op-Ed by SWJ El Centro Fellow Nathan Jones.

This article provides insights into the privatization of violence and the legal as well as illegal armed actors’ activities in the new wars.

This tactical note was prompted by discussions and inquiries related to the February 2013 Los Zetas sniper incident.

Ruthless Mexican Drug Cartel Recruiting in the U.S.; Los Zetas Looks to Prisons, Street Gangs by Jerry Seper, Washington Times.