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While it contends with the Islamic State and al-Qaida an insurgency intent on challenging the sovereignty of the U.S. government is already here.

New York Times twofer: The manhunt for El Chapo and why Mexico's mayors are cartel targets.

Transnational criminal enterprises are now forging alliances in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operation with the intention of increasing income, influence, and power.

In summation, this is an excellent work derived from a number of years of intimate interviews and field reports conducted by Grillo.

Journal Article | December 23, 2015 04:24 AM | Comments(3)

The Qods Force is responsible for bolstering Hezbollah over thirty years ago and they have been working together across the globe ever since.

Conference background and topic summary.

Cyber-crime is a criminal activity that is informational, global, and networked. It is the product of networked technologies that have transformed the division of criminal labor.

A Border Patrol agent with alleged ties to a Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in connection with the beheading of a Honduran man in March.

This paper examines two “Tri-Border” areas in Latin America. Criminal demographics and dynamics of illicit markets and related security concerns are reviewed.

Because of their technical features and low profile design characteristics, narco submarines allow drug traffickers to reduce the risk of detection and seizure.

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The possibility of Mexican drug cartels establishing close ties to Islamic terrorist groups and the transformation of criminal organizations into terrorist groups, and vice versa.

Journal Article | October 1, 2015 12:45 AM | Comments(4)

Written and directed by Matthew Heineman, “Cartel Land”, also available in Spanish as “Tierra de carteles,” is a timely and graphic documentary.

"A sophisticated farm-to-arm supply chain is fueling America’s surging heroin appetite, causing heroin to surpass cocaine and meth to become the nation’s No. 1 drug threat."

Blog post | September 16, 2015 09:08 AM | Comments(2)

Millions of Central Americans live outside their countries, with 80 percent living in the US, according to research into the connections between food insecurity, violence, and migration.

This SWJ report assesses the nature of U.S. assistance to the Mexican government's recent efforts to combat organized crime.

The rise of vigilante citizen militias in the western Mexican state of Michoacán has been a key component in the narrative of the government’s failure to secure its citizenry.

There is no one panacea to counter the violence and instability in Jalisco, and it will take time for the Operation to make an impact.

Journal Article | September 2, 2015 06:28 AM | Comments(2)

Despite criticism from pundits, President Santos has pragmatically led Colombia through a difficult era, and currently has it poised to reach a lasting internal peace.

Journal Article | August 30, 2015 10:59 AM | Comments(4)

Our team has spent the last four months studying ungoverned spaces and the unique characteristics that will impact potential future operations and has initiated a network modeling technique.

This article examines the current and emerging security situation faced by Mexico’s petro-energy sector.

Small Wars Journal and Small Wars Journal-El Centro are pleased to announce an updated line up for the Small Wars Journal-El Centro Fellows for 2015.

In the 21st century, there has been an apparent shift in the operations of Mexican criminal organizations since the onset of democratization.

Cameron H. Holmes, Organized Crime in Mexico: Assessing the Threat to North American Economies. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2014, 200 Pages.

Blog post | August 6, 2015 05:57 AM | Comments(1)

"U.S. officials worry that a confluence of powerful drug-trafficking cartels, terrorist groups and an insecure southern border poses a strategic threat."