Small Wars Journal

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:

by Robert Bunker | Sat, 06/27/2015 - 7:00pm | 0 comments

They hid in plain sight, the homebrew gun club for a powerful new gang, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

by SWJ Editors, by Robert Bunker | Mon, 05/25/2015 - 6:40pm | 0 comments
Drug Trafficking, Corruption and States: How Illicit Networks Shaped Institutions in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico

A Small Wars Journal--El Centro and Vortex Foundation Book

by Robert Bunker | Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:15pm | 0 comments
by Paul Rexton Kan | Sun, 03/15/2015 - 9:23pm | 6 comments
by SWJ Editors | Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:25am | 1 comment

Small Wars Journal and El Centro is saddened to announce the death of George W. Grayson.

by Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Wed, 03/11/2015 - 6:33am | 0 comments

Our fourth SWJ El Centro anthology in the series (covering most of 2014) is out.

by Byron Ramirez, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:04pm | 1 comment

Derived from the location of where the armored vehicles were found, it is believed that they belong to a faction of the Cartel del Golfo. (In Spanish and English)

by Robert Bunker | Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:41pm | 0 comments

... relatively sophisticated nautical craft beneath the waves – we need to understand their capabilities and intent. This volume is a fine start. - Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 12/05/2014 - 5:06am | 0 comments

At this moment, the fiercest, most powerful criminal organizations in the world are located in Mexico.

by Brenda Fiegel | Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:04am | 5 comments
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 11/21/2014 - 6:09pm | 0 comments

Small Wars Journal El Centro Senior Fellow Dr. Robert Bunker Wins The Elihu Root Prize.

by Robert Bunker | Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:20pm | 0 comments

The crushing of protests by ordinary citizens follows a pattern of violence stretching back to 1968.

by Dave Dilegge | Wed, 09/24/2014 - 2:37pm | 3 comments

The number of American cities that have the presence of at least one of the seven major Mexican Drug Cartels have more than tripled since 2010...

by Robert Bunker | Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:34pm | 0 comments
by Robert Bunker | Sun, 08/17/2014 - 7:59am | 1 comment

The "black market" accounts for a quarter of Mexico's GDP and employs more than half its workforce. The numbers illustrate a failure of public policy and raise a red flag for the future.

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 08/13/2014 - 8:53pm | 0 comments

Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border will defend not just his home state but the entire nation.