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

Journal Article | November 16, 2014 03:26 PM | Comments(5)

It is the author’s view that the country of Colombia has evolved into what can be coined as an intractable conflict with the FARC-EP.

Journal Article | October 7, 2014 05:36 PM | Comments(1)

The actions and consequences of the Venezuelan struggle extend to all of the countries of Central America, the Caribbean, and the northern Andes.  They will especially affect the chances for...

Blog post | September 24, 2014 12:37 PM | Comments(3)

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...

Sheriff and State Advisor Border Summits: Mexican Cartel, Gang, and Criminal Alien Security Issues

Journal Article | September 17, 2014 04:20 AM | Comments(5)

So-called “ungoverned spaces” present the United States with significant security challenges in an era characterized by “softened sovereignty."

Journal Article | September 15, 2014 10:34 PM | Comments(4)

The US must begin a serious dialogue with Mexico to propose long-term solutions to the grave situation in which the police and military forces as well as the people of Mexico find themselves.

Blog post | August 17, 2014 05:59 AM | Comments(1)

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.

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 09:36 AM | Comments(7)

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

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

Blog post | July 29, 2014 05:36 PM | Comments(1)

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

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

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

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 09:54 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Journal Article | June 23, 2014 10:20 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.

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

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