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 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 | 1 comment
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 | 2 comments
by The Washington Post | Tue, 04/14/2020 - 9:12am | 20 comments
"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 | 1 comment
by John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 04/10/2020 - 12:11am | 1 comment
by Robert Bunker | Thu, 04/09/2020 - 11:22am | 1 comment
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