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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.

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.

A narcotrafficking technique first used in Mexico now expands to other countries in Central and South America.

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 22: Spiritual Appropriation of San Judas Tadeo and Santo Niño de Atocha—Criminal Petitions and Santo Niño Huachicolero.

SWJ El Centro Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown has a new essay out - “Hooked: Mexico’s Violence and U.S. Demand for Drugs".

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 21: Quantifying Conflict in Mexico - Armed Conflict, Hyper-Violent Criminality or Both?

This appears to be the first known incident in the Mexican criminal insurgency in which the TTP of utilizing women and children as human shields has taken place.

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.

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?

Journal Article | January 26, 2017 04:38 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.

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

Journal Article | March 31, 2014 06:22 PM | Comments(1)

Transnational crime and its associated transnational illicit networks pose a challenge to sovereignty and governance by fostering corruption and impunity.

Journal Article | March 22, 2014 02:51 PM | Comments(9)

The “Hidden” Power of Illegally Armed Groups in Latin America: Mexico a Case Study

Journal Article | March 18, 2014 11:18 PM | Comments(1)

This essay is the first in a series exploring the issue of drug-related violence in Mexico.

Mexican Cartel Op-Ed No. 8: Will Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera be tried in Mexico or the United States?

Sinaloa Drug Cartel Can Continue Without 'Chapo' Guzman, Experts Say by Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times

Blog post | January 30, 2014 07:33 AM | Comments(1)

Mexico essentially legalized the country’s growing “self-defense” groups while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar...

Blog post | January 24, 2014 07:27 AM | Comments(1)

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 17: Civil Self-Defense Groups Have Emerged in 11 Mexican States

One fighter claimed to be a US Army veteran who returned to Mexico specifically to join the militias. There were many like him, he said.

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 16: Recent Santa Muerte Spiritual Conflict Trends

Hong Kong Triads Work with Mexican Drug Lords on Methamphetamine by Brian Harris, South China Morning Post.

Blog post | January 14, 2014 02:22 PM | Comments(12)

Mexican security forces sent to quell unrest in the western state of Michoacan have started disarming local vigilante groups, state officials say.

Journal Article | January 13, 2014 04:47 AM | Comments(4)

Part 7 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014.

Part 6 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014.