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organized crime

Tamaulipas: Between the State, Crime and the Border

All criminal organizations in the world share similarities, but, at the same time exhibit particularities related to the places, times and cultures that gives rise to and surround them. Consequentially, organized crime in Mexico has a sui generis composition—the result of historical factors that have allowed the formation of criminal structures linked to high levels of violence, a cultural acceptance of criminal life and links with high political figures, causing the collapse of governability in certain territories, some of them near the northern border.

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Colombia’s ELN, Ex-FARC Mafia Recruiting Hungry Venezuela Migrants SWJED Wed, 10/17/2018 - 1:16am
Reports that criminal groups in Colombia are increasingly recruiting migrants from Venezuela shows how these armed actors are taking advantage of those fleeing the neighboring country’s economic crisis in order to strengthen their criminal structures.
The Vertical Integration of Organised Crime Linked to Political Corruption SWJED Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:33pm

SWJ-El Centro - An Economic-Jurimetric Analysis of Asset Forfeitures and Human Rights

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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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.

Why Mexico's Zetas Expanded Faster than their Rivals
"Why Mexico's Zetas Expanded Faster than their Rivals" by Steven Dudley and Viridiana Rios 

Sunday 21 April 2013

The Zetas are not the only extremely violent, military-style criminal organization from Mexico. Yet, they are the only one that operates in 350 Mexican municipalities, as well as numerous others in Guatemala and Central America. Why have they been able to expand faster than their rivals?

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Peter J. Munson Wed, 04/24/2013 - 3:46pm
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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Peter J. Munson Thu, 04/04/2013 - 7:18pm