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Although a number of cartels may be utilizing ultralight aircraft, seizure locations and authority reports most often attribute the use of this technology to the Sinaloa Cartel.
Justice in Mexico recently completed its 2017 annual report on drug violence in Mexico. Continue on to download the report.
Detailed study of foreign fighters and of their return to home countries has only emerged in the last 10 – 15 years, with even less written about it in relation to the Caribbean region.
More than illegal immigrants who try to cross the border, more than drugs, what worries Homeland Security Secretary Kelly is the criminal network that lays all of it on America's doorstep.
As China continues deepening commercial ties with LatAm, it is possible the increased flow of goods and people could present more opportunities for Chinese triads to expand their operations.
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.