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:

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.

Mérida Initiative: Transnational Security Governance or Governance Intervention?

Many modern internal conflicts defy basic definitions, so use a composite framework instead.

“The Family doesn’t kill for money; it doesn’t kill for women... only those who deserve to die, die... [T]his is divine justice.”

US Army North has played an instrumental role over the past several years in building rapport and establishing new engagement opportunities with the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense.

The presence of Mexican-origin drugs in Chicago is more prominent now than ever before