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:

Strategic Horizons: All Options Bad If Mexico’s Drug Violence Expands to U.S. by Steven Metz, World Politics Review

Members of the Texas-born Barrio Azteca gang are receiving training from Mexico's Zetas.

One of the world's largest and most notorious drug cartels is targeting Hong Kong as it seeks to expand its operations into lucrative new markets.

Mexico essentially legalized the country’s growing “self-defense” groups while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar...

In 2012, the U.S. Border Patrol transitioned from a resource-based to a new, risk-based approach for measuring border security and informing planning efforts along U.S. borders.

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 17: Civil Self-Defense Groups Have Emerged in 11 Mexican States

One fighter claimed to be a US Army veteran who returned to Mexico specifically to join the militias. There were many like him, he said.

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 16: Recent Santa Muerte Spiritual Conflict Trends

Mexican security forces sent to quell unrest in the western state of Michoacan have started disarming local vigilante groups, state officials say.

Hong Kong Triads Work with Mexican Drug Lords on Methamphetamine by Brian Harris, South China Morning Post.