Small Wars Journal


Some Questions to Help You Better Understand the U.S.-Colombia Security Dynamic and Opportunities to Enhance the Relationship SWJED Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:25am
The dramatic increase of Venezuelan refugees entering the country, record-level coca cultivation and cocaine production levels, and the power vacuum created by the disarmament, and demobilization of the country’s oldest insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in key cultivation and smuggling areas are just a few things for U.S. policy makers, defense officials, and legislators to take into consideration as they evaluate bilateral security assistance to Colombia.
Criminal Insurgency in Brazil SWJED Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:14am

The Case of Rio de Janeiro: Context, Confrontation Issues and Implications for Brazilian Public Security.

Las Pandillas en El Salvador: ¿Un Nuevo Tipo de Insurgencia? SWJED Mon, 09/04/2017 - 11:19am

La investigación sostiene que las principales pandillas en El Salvador (MS-13 y Barrio 18) han evolucionado hasta constituirse en un nuevo tipo de insurgencia.

Mexican Cartel Essays and Notes: Strategic, Operational, and Tactical

This second Small Wars Journal-El Centro anthology signifies the important debate that this new forum, focusing on the crime wars and criminal insurgencies taking place in Mexico and other regions of the Americas, is helping to generate in U.S. defense and homeland security circles. The debate comes at a time when neither of the two major U.S. presidential candidates were willingly to candidly discuss this issue and at the end of the recent Felipe Calderón administration which saw over 80,000 dead, 20,000 missing, and 200,000 internal refugees stemming from gang and cartel violence during its tenure in Mexico.

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Peter J. Munson Sat, 06/08/2013 - 3:49pm
Social Banditry and the Public Persona of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Peter J. Munson Mon, 04/29/2013 - 3:30am

Implications for information operations in Guatemala.

Bridging the Gap

SWJ contributor John Bertetto provides tips for bringing down criminal organizations with organizational analysis at Law Officer.

An organizational analysis should provide for two things: a thorough and specific understanding of the targeted organization and the creation of strategies and operations that specifically target that organization. If these two purposes aren’t fulfilled, your analysis has limited utility.

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Peter J. Munson Sat, 04/27/2013 - 10:06am

Who is Targeting Texas Prosecutors? An Analysis

From the Baker Institute Blog:

Following the death of a Colorado prison official, two Texas prosecutors, and the killing of an intruder at the home of a Colorado prosecutor, speculation about the nature of the attacks has been rampant.  There have been three general theories about the attacks: (1) the attacks are the personal vendetta of an individual or individuals prosecuted by these officials, (2) the attacks are the work of the Texas Aryan Brotherhood, and (3) the attacks are the work of Mexican cartels.
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