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 (Transnational Criminal Organizations) Now Operating in Over 1,000 US Cities; Up From 195 US Cities

The deployment of narco armored cars and improvised armored fighting vehicles in Mexico as a byproduct of the criminal insurgencies taking place.

Narco-Armor in Mexico   by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus Download the Full Article: Narco-Armor in Mexico Known alternatively as "narco-tanks" (narcotanques), "Rhino...

... please tell me this is an example of sensationalized reporting or the source is a bald-faced liar. If not, then let's stop debating whether we should call this an insurgency or not and...

Mexico: A Mosaic Cartel War   by Paul Rexton Kan Download the Full Article: Mexico: A Mosaic Cartel War A situation of high-intensity crime does not mean that a war is not occurring in...

A Strategy for Mexico?   by Johnny M. Lairsey Jr. Download the Full Article: A Strategy for Mexico? For over a century, United States foreign policy was guided by the Monroe doctrine....

Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes: No 2. Ambush/Targeted Killing of US Law Enforcement Officer (San Antonio, Texas)   Mexican cartel linkages to this incident are currently being investigated...

Here is a great 2 minute video ("Rival gunmen clash in Nayarit: 28 deaths reported") from a Mexican news station posted on YouTube via Borderland Beat. The video displays an engagement...

Extreme Barbarism, a Death Cult, and Holy Warriors in Mexico:   Societal Warfare South of the Border? by Dr. Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan Download the Full Article: Societal...

Attacks on Journalists and "New Media" in Mexico's Drug War:   A Power and Counter Power Assessment by John P. Sullivan Download the Full Article: Attacks on Journalists...