drug cartels

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.

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

Attacks on journalist and media outlets are mechanisms of intimidation used to dampen or influence reportage in favor of the criminal enterprise and/or corrupt state organs.

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.

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

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.

"An audacious band of citizen militias battles a brutal drug cartel in the hills of central Mexico."

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

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.

Blog post | August 1, 2013 02:51 PM | Comments(1)

Mexican Cartels Hiring US Soldiers as Hit Men - Joseph J. Kolb, Fox News.

Combating the marijuana cartels on America’s public lands.

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.

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

Journal Article | January 11, 2013 02:30 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.

Journal Article | December 17, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(10)

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

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

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

Journal Article | October 31, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(3)

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

Two great minds on drugs... and strategy.

Journal Article | October 11, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(5)

A warning and call to action from the French criminologist.

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?

Mexico’s war against their drug cartels is a war they cannot win by themselves. Must we take some responsibility?