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:
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."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 10/18/2019 - 4:42pm | 0 comments
Via the Miami Herald - "As Washington focuses on impeachment, Syria and the 2020 presidential elections, Latin America and the Caribbean, once again, seem to be falling apart."
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 20: Fuel Theft in Brazil—Gangs and Militias Target Petrobrasby John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Wed, 10/16/2019 - 3:56pm | 0 comments
by InSight Crime | Sun, 09/29/2019 - 12:04am | 0 comments
"The discovery of two drones in the department of Nariño has raised fears about what impact such technology could have on the current conflict in the southwest of Colombia."
by InSight Crime | Fri, 09/27/2019 - 1:48pm | 0 comments
"A 400-page document by Peru’s Shining Path guerrillas details the group’s elaborate plans to increase drug trafficking operations and attacks on the military, which may be possible in the group’s limited stronghold. But its long-held ultimate goal — to overthrow Peru’s government — is farfetched."
SWJ Book Review – Understanding Human Trafficking, Corruption, and the Optics of Misconduct in the Public, Private, and NGO Sectors: Causes, Actors, and Solutionsby Nathan P. Jones | Wed, 09/25/2019 - 5:43am | 0 comments
by Foreign Policy | Sun, 09/22/2019 - 1:49pm | 0 comments
"Future conflicts will mostly be waged by drug cartels, mafia groups, gangs, and terrorists. It is time to rethink our rules of engagement."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 09/22/2019 - 12:42am | 0 comments
"Key FARC drug smugglers renew the guerrilla war.... It’s doubtful there was ever a FARC commitment to peace."
SWJ Book Review – “Deported to Death: How Drug Violence Is Changing Migration on the US-Mexico Border”by Nathan P. Jones | Sat, 09/21/2019 - 5:30pm | 0 comments
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 09/16/2019 - 2:36am | 0 comments
"Documents prepared by U.S. federal prosecutors outline for the first time the possible role of the former Venezuelan president in drug trafficking."
by InSight Crime | Fri, 09/06/2019 - 12:09pm | 0 comments
"The announcement in late August that three important former leaders of the demobilized FARC were returning to war did not only threaten the fragile Colombian peace agreement but raised questions about the power the ex-FARC Mafia have in neighboring Venezuela."