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

Small Wars Journal El Centro Senior Fellows John P. Sullivan and Robert J. Bunker new book: Studies in Gangs and Cartels.

Narco-Politics: How Mexico Got There and How It Can Get Out by Pamela F. Izaguirre, Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

No matter how much the cartels tried, and continue to try, to hide their evil acts with continued threats against journalists, a group of citizens emerged to fill in the gap of local cartel coverage...

Associated Press reports "U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero". AP and news links.

Journal Article | August 7, 2013 04:57 AM | Comments(3)

Attacks against Mexican government officials, law enforcement, and political institutions by drug cartels, fall neatly into the Fourth Generation Warfare paradigm.

Cartel violence is bleeding into the Pacific Northwest.

Singer Jesus “Chuy” Quintanilla is the latest in a string of balladeers and musicians to be killed in Mexico’s drug war.  This time the killing occurred in Texas.

Implications for information operations in Guatemala.

An offering from Viridiana Rios and SWJ El Centro Fellow Stephen Dudley.

Blog post | February 26, 2013 09:30 AM | Comments(1)

MOGO (Making Order using Google as an Oracle) is highly cost effective and provides very significant OSINT (open source intelligence) analytical capabilities via a web crawler approach.

Blog post | February 25, 2013 08:30 AM | Comments(2)

This may very well be the first targeted assassination of a Mexican public safety official by a sniper utilizing a .50 cal rifle.

Drug traffickers utilize “saints” and spirits to protect themselves from U.S. law enforcement. Some information and support for law enforcement officers.

An overview of the recent findings of the Justice in Mexico Project.

Blog post | January 28, 2013 09:15 AM | Comments(1)

Grenades are becoming more and more common in Mexico with thousands seized from the gangs and cartels and are becoming an officer safety concern on this side of the border.

Journal Article | January 15, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(2)

Transnational criminal organization violence is spilling over the southern border of the US, but without a definition the extent of the epidemic is unknown.

Journal Article | January 11, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(1)

Mexico's new president Enrique Peña Nieto has trumpeted its proposed reforms, but there are more similarities than differences with the Calderon Administration.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto plans to create a Gendarmería Nacional, initially of 10,000 officers, to police the contested plazas and regions impacted...

Journal Article | December 17, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(10)

Many modern internal conflicts defy basic definitions, so use a composite framework instead.

Journal Article | December 3, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(34)

“The Family doesn’t kill for money; it doesn’t kill for women... only those who deserve to die, die... [T]his is divine justice.”

Journal Article | November 20, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(3)

The presence of Mexican-origin drugs in Chicago is more prominent now than ever before

Journal Article | October 31, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(3)

It sounds crazy, but catching the most notorious and wanted drug trafficker in the world might be a bad thing.

Guadalajara could lose its protected status among drug lords and become the next epicenter for drug-related violence.

Will Mexico’s admittance into the Trans-Pacific Partnership create an even more empowered global criminal network?