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The military oversight is the first federal intervention where federal forces took command in a Brazilian state since the return to democracy in 1988.

Two anti-personnel mines (minas antipersonales) were recovered from suspected members of the Cartel del Golfo (Gulf Cartel) in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

This incident has the potential to raise the stakes in the contest between the CJNG and the Mexican state following what is essentially tantamount to a CJNG declaration of war.

Journal Article | January 26, 2018 12:19 AM | Comments(1)

The social contract has been breached in many Mexican states. Instead of rule of law, impunity reigns. Crimes go unreported, uninvestigated, and unpunished.

Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 9: Concerns About Potential Gang (PCC-Primeiro Comando da Capital & CV-Comando Vermelho) Influence on Upcoming Brazilian Elections

The Case of Rio de Janeiro: Context, Confrontation Issues and Implications for Brazilian Public Security.

Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 8: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Links to Occult Rituals and Santa Muerte Veneration or Worship

Police in the Washington, DC suburb of Montgomery County, MD have arrested a suspect in the brutal gang murder of a still unidentified man whose body was found in a pre-dug grave.

Journal Article | November 15, 2017 11:17 AM | Comments(1)

A battle for spiritual dominance and power is taking place in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

Journal Article | November 9, 2017 12:35 PM | Comments(1)

SWJ/El Centro - Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 5: Brazilian Military Stability and Support Operations (SASO) in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

This paper discusses the tactics the Shining Path employed to spread their influence from the southern Andean highlands throughout the majority of Peru.

Continue on for two news articles derived from SWJ/El Centro Mexican Cartel Tactical Note # 35.

The assessment contains sections on transnational criminal organizations as well as gangs. Continue on for a link to the full report.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #35:  Weaponized Drone/UAV/UAS Seized in Valtierrilla, Guanajuato with Remote Detonation IED (‘Papa Bomba’) Payload

The provision of such aid—usually a symbolic effort—should be considered a component of ongoing cartel ‘information operations’

Cocaine and illicit-timber trade are linked by their profitability, industrial proximity, and smuggling convenience.

SWJ-El Centro - An Economic-Jurimetric Analysis of Asset Forfeitures and Human Rights

"Penetrating Latin America has been an Iranian and Hezbollah project for decades. They have been recruiting allies and agents."

This article was originally published in Spanish as 'Las Pandillas en El Salvador: ¿Un Nuevo Tipo de Insurgencia?' at 'Small Wars Journal'-El Centro on 4 September 2017.

The sniper rifle has become a preferred weapon for cartels since a round can penetrate walls, steel, and the sides of unarmored and even moderately armored vehicles.

La investigación sostiene que las principales pandillas en El Salvador (MS-13 y Barrio 18) han evolucionado hasta constituirse en un nuevo tipo de insurgencia.

“SOUTHCOM’s switch from tactical to strategic means a mission to ‘detect, illuminate, disrupt’ criminal activities.”

"Understanding drug smuggling and military organisations and enforcement agencies in ways that can inform public policies regarding illicit drug control."

Journal Article | August 7, 2017 06:22 AM | Comments(1)

Cartels are born from greed but they are also byproducts of Mexico’s flawed policies.

This prison riot and resulting massacre is one of the most serious disturbances in a Mexican prison since February 2016.