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:
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 | 2 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."
Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #44: Mexican Army (SEDENA) Re-Discovers Underground Cartel Bunker in Reynosa, Tamaulipasby Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Thu, 02/20/2020 - 12:43am | 1 comment
by Michael A. Marra, by Douglas W. Bennett | Tue, 02/18/2020 - 8:02am | 3 comments
Gangs and the Military Note 4: The Role of the East Coast in the Development of Military-Trained Gang Membersby Carter F. Smith | Sat, 02/15/2020 - 1:43pm | 1 comment
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 02/13/2020 - 12:01am | 0 comments
"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."
by John P. Sullivan | Tue, 02/11/2020 - 1:59am | 2 comments
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 02/06/2020 - 7:43am | 2 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 | 1 comment
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 | 2 comments
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 01/30/2020 - 12:38am | 1 comment
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 | 1 comment
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 | 1 comment
When Insurgent Leadership Splits: Understanding FARC’s Internal Crisis Amidst a Fragile Peace Agreementby Alexandra Phelan | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 12:19am | 1 comment
by John P. Sullivan | Thu, 01/16/2020 - 8:40am | 1 comment
by Cooper Strand | Sat, 01/11/2020 - 10:17am | 1 comment
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 | 1 comment
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 | 1 comment
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 | 1 comment
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 12/12/2019 - 5:53pm | 3 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 | 1 comment
by Matthew Aaron Richmond | Sat, 11/16/2019 - 12:57am | 1 comment
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."