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:

The Evolution of Los Zetas in Mexico and Central America: Sadism as an Instrument of Cartel Warfare - New monograph by SWJ El Centro Fellow George Grayson.

"The current Mexican administration has underemphasized the need to develop a robust law enforcement strategy, focusing too narrowly on socioeconomic factors."

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the updated Texas Gang Threat Assessment.

Transnational crime and its associated transnational illicit networks pose a challenge to sovereignty and governance by fostering corruption and impunity.

The “Hidden” Power of Illegally Armed Groups in Latin America: Mexico a Case Study

The first comprehensive report analyzing the current state of transnational criminal organizations in California and the threats they pose.

This essay is the first in a series exploring the issue of drug-related violence in Mexico.

“Because of asset shortfalls, we’re unable to get after 74 percent of suspected maritime drug smuggling.”

BACRIM in Colombia: Security Micro-Ecosystems and Violent Non-State Actor Fragmentation

Street Gangs in Central America: Combating Them With Intelligence Fusion Centers by Thomas Bruneau, E-International Relations