SWJ El Centro, or "downtown" in Spanish, is our town square for analysis and discussion of Latin America's guerilla wars and criminal insurgencies. More about El Centro here.
Recent El Centro Journal Articles and SWJ Blog Posts:
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 29: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Attacks Honduran Prison Guards with Grenades and Assault Riflesby John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker, by Juan Ricardo Gómez Hecht | Fri, 07/31/2020 - 6:40pm | 0 comments
by SWJ Editors | Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:04pm | 0 comments
Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego has released the second edition of Organized Crime and Violence in Mexico. This 2020 Special Report was formerly known as Drug Violence in Mexico.
by Magdalena Defort | Tue, 07/14/2020 - 4:17pm | 0 comments
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 28: PCC Exploits Medical and Dental Clinics to sustain Criminal Governance in Greater São Pauloby John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Sat, 07/11/2020 - 4:33pm | 2 comments
by Alexander Elfes | Fri, 07/10/2020 - 3:43pm | 0 comments
by SWJ Editors | Wed, 07/08/2020 - 7:39pm | 0 comments
Small Wars Journal – El Centro Fellows Gary J. Hale and Nathan P. Jones just published a Policy Brief on Organized Crime and COVID-19 at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University’s Baker institute for Public Policy.
by Angelo Thomas | Sun, 07/05/2020 - 8:51pm | 0 comments
Hybrid Criminal Cartel Note 1: Former Venezuelan National Assembly Member Adel El Zabayar Indicted on Charges of Narcoterrorism and Links to Hezbollah (Hizballah)by Alma Keshavarz, by Robert Bunker | Wed, 07/01/2020 - 9:47pm | 0 comments
by Robert Bunker | Sat, 06/20/2020 - 9:19pm | 0 comments
by SWJ Editors | Sun, 06/14/2020 - 3:57pm | 0 comments
Two Pacific narco submarine seizures demonstrate evolving smuggling trends. This includes common vessel fabrication. This summary describes the interdictions and vessels (low-profile vessels) encountered and links to the orinal analysis by HI Sutton.
by Anna Sergi, by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:34pm | 0 comments
by Alexandra Phelan, by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:50pm | 0 comments
by Nathan P. Jones | Sat, 05/23/2020 - 6:52pm | 0 comments
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 25: 18th Street (Barrio 18) Demonic & Santa Muerte Affinity Linkagesby Robert Bunker, by Angelo Thomas | Sat, 05/23/2020 - 2:50pm | 0 comments
Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #45: Drones and Explosives Seized in Puebla, Mexico by Fiscalía General de la República (FGR) and Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA)by David Kuhn, by Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Thu, 05/21/2020 - 6:09pm | 0 comments
by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Mon, 05/18/2020 - 3:37pm | 0 comments
Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 29: An Overview of Cartel Activities Related to COVID-19 Humanitarian Responseby Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Fri, 05/08/2020 - 6:37pm | 0 comments
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 23: El Salvadoran Gangs (Maras) Enforce Domestic Quarantine / Stay at Home Orders (Cuarentena domiciliar)by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker, by Juan Ricardo Gómez Hecht | Tue, 05/05/2020 - 5:10pm | 0 comments
by The Washington Post | Tue, 04/14/2020 - 9:12am | 1 comment
"In Afghanistan, the Taliban has dispatched health teams to far-flung provinces to confront the coronavirus. In Mexico, drug cartels are offering aid packages to those feeling its economic impact. In Brazil and El Salvador, gangs enforce curfews to prevent its spread."
by Keith Mines, by Steve Hege | Sat, 04/11/2020 - 11:04am | 0 comments
by John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 04/10/2020 - 12:11am | 0 comments
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 04/09/2020 - 11:22am | 0 comments
SWJ El Centro Book Review – "The Hollywood Kid: The Violent Life and Violent Death of an MS-13 Hitman"by Robert Bunker | Tue, 04/07/2020 - 12:38am | 0 comments
by Voice of America | Thu, 03/26/2020 - 7:41pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced narcoterrorism charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials, accusing them of collaborating with a leftist Colombian guerrilla group to traffic cocaine to the United States."
by Voice of America | Thu, 03/12/2020 - 12:05am | 1 comment
"U.S. Southern Command plans to increase U.S. military presence in the Western Hemisphere while taking on funding cuts to partner security programs that help Latin American partners counter drug cartels."