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Small Wars Journal-El Centro Update and Call for Papers

Dear El Centro Fellows,

Hopefully everyone had a good summer.  Since our last update, we have published a second joint publication with the Vortex Foundation.  This Spanish language book Macro-criminalidad: Complejidad y resiliencia de las redes criminales was edited by El Centro Fellows Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay Salamanca (primary contributors) with contributions by Francisco Gómez Flórez, José Ugaz Sánchez-Moreno, John P. Sullivan and Robert J. Bunker.  Details on the book are available at the Vortex web site and it is available at Amazon

In addition, the Fifth SWJ-El Centro Anthology: Narcoterrorism and Impunity in the Americas is in production and will be released shortly This volume continues of exploration of insecurity, crime, and violence in Mexico and Latin America.  As you know, each anthology collects articles and essays published at SWJ-El Centro during 2015 and adds additional content for context. We will advise everyone when it is released.

Finally we would like to ask everyone to consider contributing to SWJ-El Centro as we seek to develop content for the next anthology. We are seeking to develop the content for the next anthology around the theme "The Rise of the Narcostate (Mafia States)."   Content that explores this theme as well as state transition and corruption are encouraged.  

In addition to contributions from Fellows, we ask all Fellows to consider soliciting contributions from colleagues (and doctoral students) that are researching this area.  As always, Latin America is our focus, but parallel case studies involving transnational crime and organized criminal threats (gangs, mafias, cartels, criminal warlords) that challenge the state elsewhere are also welcome. 

Dr. John P. Sullivan and Dr, Robert J, Bunker

Senior Fellows, 

Small Wars Journal-El Centro

The following SWJ-El Centro works have been released to date:

Mexico's Criminal Insurgency: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology (2012)

Mexican Cartel Essays and Notes: Strategic, Operational, and Tactical (2013)

Crime Wars and Narco Terrorism in the Americas: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology (2014) 

Criminal Insurgents in Mexico and Latin America: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology (2015)

Drug Trafficking, Corruption and States: How Iliicit Networks Shaped Institutions in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico (A Small Wars Journal El Centro and Vortex Foundation Book) (2015)

Macro-criminalidad: Complejidad y resiliencia de las redes criminales (A Vortex Foundation and Small Wars Journal El Centro Book) (2016)

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About the Author(s)

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 Blood and Concrete: 21st Century Conflict in Urban Centers and Megacities (Xlibris, 2019), 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), and 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.

Dr. Robert J. Bunker is an Adjunct Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College and Adjunct Faculty, Division of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University. He holds university degrees in political science, government, social science, anthropology-geography, behavioral science, and history and has undertaken hundreds of hours of counterterrorism training. Past professional associations include Distinguished Visiting Professor and Minerva Chair at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College; Futurist in Residence, Training and Development Division, Behavioral Science Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, Quantico, VA; Staff Member (Consultant), Counter-OPFOR Program, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-West; and Adjunct Faculty, National Security Studies M.A. Program and Political Science Department, California State University, San Bernardino, CA. Dr. Bunker has hundreds of publications including Studies in Gangs and Cartels, with John Sullivan (Routledge, 2013),  Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training, with Stephen Sloan (University of Oklahoma, 2011), and edited works, including Global Criminal and Sovereign Free Economies and the Demise of the Western Democracies: Dark Renaissance (Routledge, 2014), co-edited with Pamela Ligouri Bunker; Criminal Insurgencies in Mexico and the Americas: The Gangs and Cartels Wage War (Routledge, 2012); Narcos Over the Border: Gangs, Cartels and Mercenaries (Routledge, 2011); Criminal-States and Criminal-Soldiers (Routledge, 2008); Networks, Terrorism and Global Insurgency (Routledge, 2005); and Non-State Threats and Future Wars (Routledge, 2002).