"AYAHUALTEMPA, Mexico - At age 13, Luis Gustavo Morales barely knows how to do basic math, but he already knows how to handle a shotgun nearly as tall as he is."
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:
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:01am | 0 comments
by John P. Sullivan | Tue, 02/11/2020 - 1:59am | 0 comments
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 02/06/2020 - 7:43am | 0 comments
Gray Zones and Crime Suppression: Between International Human Rights Law and International Law of Armed Conflictsby Carlos Frederico de Oliveira Pereira | Wed, 02/05/2020 - 5:19am | 0 comments
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 02/04/2020 - 3:54pm | 0 comments
Analysis by SWJ El Centro Fellow Paul Rexton Kan at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague.
by Belquis Ahmadi, by Maria Antonia Montes | Sat, 02/01/2020 - 10:36am | 1 comment
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 01/30/2020 - 12:38am | 0 comments
Gangs and the Military Note 3: The Role of the West Coast in the Development of Military-Trained Gang Membersby Carter F. Smith | Wed, 01/22/2020 - 7:35am | 0 comments
Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America: Consequences for U.S. Foreign Policy and National Securityby Magdalena Defort, by William Preston McLaughlin | Mon, 01/20/2020 - 1:01am | 0 comments
When Insurgent Leadership Splits: Understanding FARC’s Internal Crisis Amidst a Fragile Peace Agreementby Alexandra Phelan | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:19am | 0 comments
by John P. Sullivan | Thu, 01/16/2020 - 8:40am | 0 comments
by Cooper Strand | Sat, 01/11/2020 - 10:17am | 0 comments
Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #43: Improvised Armored Fighting Vehicles (IAFVs) – ‘Narcotanques’ and ‘Monstruos Blindados’ in Jaliscoby John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 01/10/2020 - 9:01pm | 0 comments
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 21: 96 MS-13 Members and Associates, Including the Leaders of 9 Cliques, Charged in Long Islandby John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Thu, 01/09/2020 - 4:25am | 0 comments
Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #42: Car Bomb in Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato with Remote Detonation IED (‘Papa Bomba’) Payloadby Robert Bunker, by David Kuhn, by John P. Sullivan | Tue, 01/07/2020 - 1:11pm | 0 comments
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 12/12/2019 - 5:53pm | 0 comments
Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 28: Alleged Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) Car Bombing (“Coche Bomba”) in Colombiaby Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Thu, 12/05/2019 - 2:41am | 0 comments
by Matthew Aaron Richmond | Sat, 11/16/2019 - 12:57am | 0 comments
by CNN News | Sat, 11/09/2019 - 6:31pm | 0 comments
"Mexico's latest tragedy in the long fight against cartel violence is viewed by some as a sign its "hugs, not bullets" security strategy -- focused on combating social problems -- has done little to wrest large chunks of the country from the grip of criminal organizations."
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 11/09/2019 - 5:43am | 0 comments
Via Vice - "A series of violent incidents last month revealed the deadly power of the cartels, and the weakness of the state."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 11/08/2019 - 3:52am | 0 comments
On November 8, 2019, the University of Southern California (USC) will present the USC Homegrown Violent Extremism Digital Summit.
Appropriating Religious Traditions among ‘el Cártel de la Unión Tepito’: Dozens of Human Skulls Found at Narco Shrine in Mexico Cityby Tony M. Kail | Thu, 11/07/2019 - 5:14pm | 0 comments
by Associated Press | Thu, 11/07/2019 - 4:22am | 0 comments
"There was a time when the violence of Mexico’s 2006-2012 drug war shocked Americans, but barely touched them. This time around — like everything else about the country’s renewed cartel conflict — it’s worse."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 10/26/2019 - 12:27am | 0 comments
"Last week, hundreds of gunmen from the Sinaloa cartel overpowered military forces in fighting that killed at least a dozen people, blocked the airport and major roads, and terrorized the city of Culiacán for hours until the Mexican government capitulated and freed the son of legendary drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 10/19/2019 - 2:27am | 0 comments
"A son of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is captured. Cartel gunmen respond with a vicious attack on soldiers and civilians across a major Mexican city, killing at least eight people. The government gives in and releases the son, a top figure in the cartel."