"Mexico’s Congress on Thursday approved the creation of a 60,000-member National Guard to tackle the nation’s public security crisis, a force that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made a cornerstone of his plan to confront organized crime and curb soaring violence."
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Recent El Centro Journal Articles and SWJ Blog Posts:
by The New York Times, by The Washington Post | Fri, 03/01/2019 - 12:14am | 1 comment
by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:09am | 1 comment
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 Alma Keshavarz | Sat, 02/09/2019 - 12:39am | 0 comments
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."
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 13: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Command and Control (C2) Geographic Variationsby Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Tue, 01/29/2019 - 3:32am | 0 comments
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 12: Brazilian Prison Gangs Attack Civil Infrastructure in Fortaleza and Other Cities in Ceará Stateby John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz | Thu, 01/17/2019 - 1:04am | 0 comments
by Javier Flores Mares, by Mauricio D. Aceves | Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:39am | 2 comments
by Bill Dahl | Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:29am | 0 comments
by Charles Cameron | Sat, 01/05/2019 - 6:19am | 0 comments
by Stephen B. Young | Mon, 12/31/2018 - 5:15am | 3 comments
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 Chris Telley | Tue, 12/18/2018 - 6:41pm | 0 comments
Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 26: Grenade Attack on US Consulate in Guadalajara Followed by CJNG Narcomantas Denying Responsibilityby John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Mon, 12/17/2018 - 12:45am | 0 comments
by SWJ Editors | Wed, 12/12/2018 - 4:42am | 2 comments
El Centro Field Note No. 5: Grillo “The Cricket”—a Santa Muerte Adherent & Sicario for Multiple Cartelsby Falko Ernst | Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:28am | 0 comments
| Sun, 11/11/2018 - 5:16pm | 2 comments
The Knights of Which Temple? - Symbolic Camouflage, the Banality of Bricolage and the Dearth of Meaningby Marc W.D. Tyrrell | Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:49pm | 0 comments
El Centro Field Note No. 4: Hotel El Mayo, Culiacán Interview - Active Sinaloa Cartel Sicario ‘El Gordo’by Teun Voeten, by Maaike Engels | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 5:16pm | 0 comments