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:
Death Disrespected: The Trials and Tribulations of Santa Muerte Internacional and the Martyrdom of Comandante Panteraby Kate Kingsbury | Sun, 09/26/2021 - 9:40pm | 0 comments
by Vanda Felbab-Brown | Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:51pm | 0 comments
by Katherine Aguirre, by Robert Muggah | Mon, 09/13/2021 - 2:32pm | 1 comment
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 43: Former Rio de Janeiro Prison Secretary Arrested for Collusion with the Comando Vermelhoby John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 09/10/2021 - 5:36pm | 1 comment
by SWJ Editors | Thu, 09/09/2021 - 4:37pm | 1 comment
Mexico is experiencing a profound forensic crisis in terms of human identification: there are 52,000 unidentified deceased persons, according to official figures obtained by the Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico (Movimiento por Nuestros Desaparecidos en México).
by Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, by Rajendra G. Kulkarni, by Patrick R. Baxter, by Naoru Koizumi | Tue, 09/07/2021 - 3:39pm | 1 comment
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 42: Brazilian Gangs Utilize Human Shields, Explosives, and Drones in a New ‘Cangaço’ Style Urban Bank Raid in Araçatuba, São Pauloby John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Sun, 09/05/2021 - 4:01pm | 1 comment
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 09/03/2021 - 6:24pm | 1 comment
Interview of SWJ-El Centro Senior Fellows Drs. Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan by InSight Crime on "Illicit Tactical Progress: Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes 2013-2020."
by Pedro Izquierdo | Mon, 08/30/2021 - 3:35pm | 1 comment
by Pedro Izquierdo | Mon, 08/23/2021 - 8:33pm | 1 comment
by Frederick M. Shepherd | Fri, 08/20/2021 - 7:38pm | 1 comment
by Andrea Varsori | Thu, 08/05/2021 - 4:55pm | 1 comment
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 07/27/2021 - 4:07pm | 0 comments
SWJ has released a new curated collection "Illicit Tactical Progress: Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes 2013-2020" chronicling documenting the evolution of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Mexican cartels and criminal armed groups (CAGs).
by Natalie D. Baker , by Gabriel Leão | Mon, 07/19/2021 - 2:16pm | 1 comment
by Malcolm Beith | Tue, 07/06/2021 - 9:09pm | 5 comments
by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 07/02/2021 - 5:41pm | 1 comment
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 40: Força Nacional de Segurança Pública Deployed to Manaus in Aftermath of Comando Vermelho Violence on the Streetsby John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Mon, 06/28/2021 - 3:25pm | 1 comment
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 39: Five Killed in Prison Battle between Barrio 18 and MS-13 in La Tolva Prison, Hondurasby John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Sun, 06/20/2021 - 8:07pm | 3 comments
by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Wed, 06/16/2021 - 7:42pm | 1 comment
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 06/15/2021 - 8:58pm | 0 comments
Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela / Súper red de corrupción en Venezuela is a case study of corruption in Venezuela by Small Wars Journal-El Centro Fellows Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán and Luis Jorge Garay-Salamanca. The case study uses social network analysis (SNA) derived from official and media open source materials. The study compares and contrasts Venezuela's corruption networks with the Brazilian Lava Jato (Car Wash) case.
SWJ El Centro Review Essay – Super Network of Corruption in Venezuela: Kleptocracy, Nepotism and Human Rights Violationby Daniel Weisz | Tue, 06/15/2021 - 1:53pm | 3 comments
by SWJ Editors | Wed, 06/02/2021 - 4:06pm | 0 comments
Small Wars Journal-El Centro Senior Fellows Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan along with analyst David A. Kuhn, and SWJ-El Centro Associate Alma Kehavarz look at the evolving use of explosives in Mexico's criminal insurgencies and crime wars in a new article at Counter-IED Report.
by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Tue, 06/01/2021 - 4:19pm | 1 comment
by SWJ Editors | Sat, 05/29/2021 - 11:42pm | 0 comments
This infographic expands upon the discussion of hybrid threats found in Paulina Rios Maya's paper "The Narco Hybrid-Threat" at Small Wars Journal. That paper posited that the rapid development of tactics used by Mexican narco-cartels has allowed these organisations to build a solid structure of influence. A structure that has amplified their efforts to coerce the state while increasing their capacity to dislocate social life and erode state institutions. That paper concluded that criminal cartel's posed hybridd threats.
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 37: Rio de Janeiro Gang and Militia Extortion and Control of Telecommunications Towersby John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 05/28/2021 - 1:07pm | 2 comments