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:

SWJ El Centro Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown's new paper.

Capo-militaries, by their diverse portfolio of activities, such as the use of sophisticated weapons, logistics, and tactics, have become threats to national and international security.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note # 17 : Indications & Warnings (I&W) for Small Caliber Mortar Deployment.

The writings of SWJ El Centro Fellows John Sullivan, Paul Kan, and Robert Bunker are mentioned in a work with an anti-statist and anti-capitalist perspective.

Santa Muerte: Inspired and Ritualistic Killings (Part 1 of 3)

Drug traffickers utilize “saints” and spirits to protect themselves from U.S. law enforcement. Some information and support for law enforcement officers.

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.