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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 | Sun, 04/27/2014 - 3:10pm | 0 comments

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.

by John P. Sullivan | Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:06pm | 0 comments

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

by Robert Bunker | Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:43am | 0 comments

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

by John P. Sullivan | Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:22pm | 1 comment
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:45pm | 0 comments

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

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:59am | 2 comments

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

by Juan-Camilo Castillo | Tue, 03/11/2014 - 7:06am | 0 comments
by Robert Bunker | Tue, 03/11/2014 - 6:56am | 0 comments

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

by Malcolm Beith | Sun, 03/02/2014 - 2:44pm | 0 comments
by Robert Bunker | Sun, 03/02/2014 - 2:39pm | 0 comments

Sinaloa Drug Cartel Can Continue Without 'Chapo' Guzman, Experts Say by Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times

by Byron Ramirez | Thu, 02/27/2014 - 2:22pm | 0 comments
by Robert Bunker | Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:27pm | 0 comments

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

by Robert Bunker | Wed, 02/05/2014 - 8:00pm | 0 comments

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

by Robert Bunker | Mon, 02/03/2014 - 1:08pm | 1 comment

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.

by Robert Bunker | Thu, 01/30/2014 - 8:33am | 1 comment

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 drug cartel.

by Robert Bunker | Fri, 01/24/2014 - 8:27am | 1 comment

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

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 01/19/2014 - 5:35pm | 0 comments

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.

by SWJ Editors | Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:22pm | 12 comments

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

by SWJ Editors | Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:53am | 0 comments

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