El Centro

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #31: Use of Burreros to Scale and Lift Up Border Fencing

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #30: Marijuana Kettlebells and Catapult and Air Cannon Projectiles

How does a nation facing a serious internal threat develop the security institutions needed to protect its populace and what does a modern military force postured to defeat hybrid threats look like?

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #29: Vehicular Ramps Used to Bypass Border Fencing

What is done and what should be done? Insights into political-criminal nexuses.

By mapping the historical development of FARC’s political agenda, this paper addresses how the 2016 Peace Agreement supports facets of the FARC’s political strategy.

The Government of Colombia was successful because it adapted to the unique circumstances and challenges posed by each strategic and operational variable.

“The ‘tortoise-like’ Colombian army is losing its grip on a key cocaine zone and the cartels are offering former FARC rebels $600 per month to enlist.”

Journal Article | February 8, 2017 01:25 AM | Comments(1)

This paper offers a perspective on the use of Law of Armed Conflict standards vice Criminal Law standards in the context of Columbia's conflict with the FARC and current reconciliation efforts.

Journal Article | January 26, 2017 05:38 AM | Comments(1)

If we add the estimate of approximately 25,000 people missing and/or disappeared as reported by the Mexican government the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007 is at least 233,143.

SOUTHCOM’s diplomatic actions are effective because it can operate at both ends of the spectrum within the realm of coercive diplomacy.

This paper assesses maritime drug smuggling by Mexican drug trafficking organizations on the coast of California with an emphasis on the use of panga boats.

As past demobilization efforts show, significant segments of non-state armed actors who are supposed to disarm simply move on from ideologically inspired violence to economically driven violence.

Journal Article | December 6, 2016 07:05 AM | Comments(1)

Are successful international companies and drug cartels so different after all? Apparently not.

Three nations in Central America’s Northern Triangle have implemented an integrated, multinational task force to combat the threat from gangs.

The 2015 prison escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman demonstrated the degree to which Mexican drug cartels have penetrated a key institution of state control.

“All Colombians want peace. Any future deal with FARC, however, must address citizens’ concerns.”

This work is our fifth Small Wars Journal--El Centro anthology, covering writings first published in 2015.

"Who is this alluring, conflicted and mysterious woman? If you have been paying attention to the news you might know her by her most common name – la Santa Muerte, Saint Death."

There are multiple reasons for the surprise outcome, but largely missing from the discussion is the fact that the FARC is perhaps the most reviled insurgency that ever arose in Latin America.

This paper discusses how Mexican cartel tunnels have evolved during the last five years while addressing specific uses.

Continue on for a Small Wars Journal-El Centro update and call for papers.

El Salvador’s Attorney General is concerned that the maras, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) in particular, are developing armed commando battalions that are designed to confront the state.

This study gives policy makers, scholars, law enforcement practioneers and planners a greater understanding on the degree and nature of Mexican drug trafficking organization’s rationality.

Blog post | August 24, 2016 07:25 PM | Comments(1)

"Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict."