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:

Mexican Cartels Operating Throughout the Western Hemisphere: "Mexico’s drug cartels now have a foothold in 16 countries in the Western Hemisphere".

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico under martial law after multiple gun Battles.

Mexico Captures Zetas Drug Lord Ivan Velazquez Caballero via the Beeb.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #14: Anti-Aircraft Mounted .50 cal. Machine Gun and Surface-to-Air Missile Recovered in 2009 (Archival).

Mexico Deploys Troops to Outskirts of Mexico City: This deployment may represent another “firebreak” crossed concerning the criminal insurgencies taking place in Mexico.

Mexico's Gulf cartel will likely survive arrest of high-level leaders.

This new Military Review article supports the perception that a ‘commercial insurgency’ is taking place in Mexico.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #13: Man Crucified in Michoacán, Mexico.

There has been a dominant narrative in the study of Mexican drug trafficking which argues that violence goes down when one dominant trafficking organization monopolizes a locale.

Guadalajara could lose its protected status among drug lords and become the next epicenter for drug-related violence.