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El Centro

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 SWJ Editors | Mon, 10/25/2021 - 5:14pm | 1 comment
SWJ has released a new curated collection "Criminal Drone Evolution: Cartel Weaponization of Aerial IEDs" documenting the evolution of drone usage by criminal cartels, gangs, and criminal armed groups (CAGs) in Mexico and beyond. Cartel Drone Evolution demonstrates the development spread of drone technology and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) among criminal actors while also pointing toward future potentials.
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 09/27/2021 - 4:49pm | 0 comments
"The waves of terrorism and the insurgencies of the future (Las olas del terrorismo y las insurgencias del futuro)" is the theme explored by Jesús M. Pérez Triana, the author of "Guerras Posmodernas," in a three part series in Spanish at "The Political Room."
by SWJ Editors | Thu, 09/09/2021 - 4:37pm | 2 comments
Mexico is experiencing a profound forensic crisis in terms of human identification: there are 52,000 unidentified deceased persons, according to official figures obtained by the Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico (Movimiento por Nuestros Desaparecidos en México).
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 09/03/2021 - 6:24pm | 1 comment
Interview of SWJ-El Centro Senior Fellows Drs. Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan by InSight Crime on "Illicit Tactical Progress: Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes 2013-2020."
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 07/27/2021 - 4:07pm | 0 comments
SWJ has released a new curated collection "Illicit Tactical Progress: Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes 2013-2020" chronicling documenting the evolution of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Mexican cartels and criminal armed groups (CAGs).
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 06/15/2021 - 8:58pm | 0 comments
Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela / Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela is a case study of corruption in Venezuela by Small Wars Journal-El Centro Fellows Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay-Salamanca. The case study uses social network analysis (SNA) derived from official and media open source materials. The study compares and contrasts Venezuela's corruption networks with the Brazilian Lava Jato (Car Wash) case.