Small Wars Journal

John P. Sullivan


John P. Sullivan was a career police officer. He retired as a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Vortex Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia; a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Observatory of Transnational Criminal Networks; a senior research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST); a Global Fellow at Stratfor (2018); and an instructor at the Safe Communities Institute at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is co-editor of Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network (Routledge, 2006) and Global Biosecurity: Threats and Responses (Routledge, 2010) and co-author of Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology (iUniverse, 2011) Studies in Gangs and Cartels (Routledge, 2013). Most recently he co-edited The Rise of The Narcostate (Mafia States) (Xlibris, 2018). He completed the CREATE Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research, and a PhD from the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) in Barcelona. His doctoral thesis was “Mexico’s Drug War: Cartels, Gangs, Sovereignty and the Network State.” His current research focus is the impact of transnational organized crime on sovereignty in Mexico and other countries.

Articles by this Author

Mexico Is Not Colombia Thu, 05/08/2014 - 7:27am
Narco-Cities: Mexico and Beyond Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:22pm
Mexico: Crucible of State Change Mon, 01/13/2014 - 5:47am
Spillover/Narcobloqueos in Texas Mon, 04/01/2013 - 2:10pm
From Drug Wars to Criminal Insurgency Mon, 03/05/2012 - 9:28pm
The Strategic Challenge of Riots Mon, 02/13/2012 - 6:13am
Open Veins of Mexico Thu, 11/03/2011 - 5:03am