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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 Max G. Manwaring | Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:04am | 0 comments
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:54pm | 0 comments
"The trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, and his conviction Tuesday on drug-smuggling charges, brought to an end the decadeslong career of the notorious “El Chapo.” It also revealed in remarkable detail the inner workings of the criminal empire he built, one that rivaled governments and multinational companies in its power and sophistication."
by InSight Crime | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:46pm | 0 comments
"A new pro-government Venezuelan militia or 'colectivo' allegedly trained by Colombian rebels may have posted itself alongside security forces on the Venezuela-Colombia border."
by Real Clear World | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:08am | 0 comments
"The leftist ELN became Colombia’s largest guerrilla group after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, disbanded following a peace agreement with the government in September 2016. As I write in my new book on the counter-insurgency efforts leading up to the peace deal, there were already clear signs that neutralizing the FARC would not end Colombia’s 52-year armed conflict."
by The Council on Foreign Relations | Thu, 01/31/2019 - 2:13pm | 0 comments
"Violence continues to rage in Mexico more than a decade after former President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels."
by Malcolm Beith | Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:17am | 0 comments
by The Daily Beast | Wed, 12/26/2018 - 8:49pm | 0 comments
On the 25th anniversary of the cartel chief’s death, his right-hand man reveals the Coke King’s secrets in an exclusive new series for The Daily Beast.
by SWJ Editors | Wed, 12/12/2018 - 4:42am | 2 comments
by Stephen B. Young | Wed, 11/28/2018 - 8:18am | 7 comments
by Malcolm Beith | Sat, 11/03/2018 - 2:21pm | 0 comments
by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 3:38pm | 0 comments
“Gangs such as MS-13 and Barrio 18 prey on their own neighborhoods in a violent, chaotic model spreading through the region.”