El Centro

Blog post | August 17, 2014 06:59 AM | Comments(0)

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.

Blog post | August 13, 2014 07:53 PM | Comments(0)

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.

Blog post | August 4, 2014 10:36 AM | Comments(6)

The lessons of counterinsurgency and nation-building in Colombia can also apply to the Arab world.

Blog post | August 1, 2014 11:41 PM | Comments(0)

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #21: Cartel Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Blog post | July 29, 2014 06:36 PM | Comments(1)

"This monograph demonstrates that a combination of high quantity and high quality USSOF engagement bolstered Colombian capacity."

Blog post | July 21, 2014 12:23 AM | Comments(0)

This work marks the 3rd Small Wars Journal-El Centro anthology.

Blog post | July 21, 2014 05:41 AM | Comments(0)

The Transnational Gang Threat - Part 1: Joining Forces to Meet the Challenge - FBI

Journal Article | July 17, 2014 08:59 AM | Comments(0)

This is the Spanish language version of John Sullivan’s earlier SWJ article “Explosive Escalation? Reflections on the Car Bombing in Ciudad Juarez”.

Journal Article | July 10, 2014 07:43 AM | Comments(0)

This is the third and last essay in the series that examines the rising threat of organized criminality and its spillover effects across levels of analysis.

Blog post | July 6, 2014 10:54 AM | Comments(5)

A top United States general in charge of protecting the southern border says he’s been unable to combat the steady flow of illegal drugs, weapons and people from Central America.

Journal Article | July 6, 2014 11:23 PM | Comments(0)

The purpose of this second essay is to develop our analytical framework in more depth and provide a detailed analysis.

Journal Article | July 5, 2014 05:51 AM | Comments(0)

Organized criminal groups have expanded their networks and employed technology in novel and startling ways to counteract efforts to detect, disrupt, and capture them.

Journal Article | June 26, 2014 11:32 PM | Comments(0)

What is setting the current influx of migrants apart is the sheer number of unaccompanied children who make up the majority of the tidal wave.

Journal Article | June 24, 2014 11:36 PM | Comments(0)

Despite the scope of the threat to Mexico’s security, violent drug-trafficking organizations are not well understood, and optimal strategies to combat them have not been identified.

Blog post | June 23, 2014 11:37 PM | Comments(0)

How Government Structure Encourages Criminal Violence: The Causes of Mexico’s Drug War by Viridiana Rios Contreras

Journal Article | June 23, 2014 11:20 PM | Comments(1)

The emergence of autodefensas (self-defense} or vigilante groups in Mexico has far-reaching international implications that may not be readily visible.

Journal Article | June 16, 2014 02:38 PM | Comments(0)

Coordination Failures Among Mexican Security Forces: How the Mexican Government Botched the War on Drugs

Blog post | June 9, 2014 05:08 PM | Comments(0)

"Mexico's apparent unabated rates of homicide, kidnappings and assassinations, with targets that include public figures and journalists, continue."

Journal Article | June 8, 2014 07:20 PM | Comments(0)

The February 2014 take-down of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the notorious over-lord of the Sinaloa Cartel, has had a rippling effect on the drug war in northern Mexico.

Blog post | May 9, 2014 03:50 AM | Comments(1)

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has released a new, comprehensive report, titled Mexico’s Police: Many Reforms, Little Progress.

Blog post | May 8, 2014 06:27 AM | Comments(0)

Mexico Is Not Colombia: Alternative Historical Analogies for Responding to the Challenge of Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations - RAND Corporation

Blog post | May 6, 2014 02:34 PM | Comments(0)

"Three enforcers hired by Mexico’s biggest drug cartel flew from Los Angeles to Minnesota last month, kidnapped two local teenagers, and then tortured them for hours."

Blog post | May 4, 2014 11:27 AM | Comments(0)

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment spent 12 days in Mexico, and confirms that almost “every Mexican police force” abuses detainees.

Blog post | May 3, 2014 02:17 PM | Comments(0)

Beyond Cocaine Cowboys: Looking at Security in Latin America from a Different Perspective

Blog post | May 1, 2014 06:50 PM | Comments(0)

“The problem is that today’s ‘bad guys’ have learned to operate in this gap between cops and soldiers.”