Finding good resources and subject matter experts can be difficult for analysts, especially considering the wealth of information available via the web. It’s important to remember to verify the source and, when possible, corroborate information (frequently referred to in analytical terms as content validity) – this can be done from behind a desk but also by phone and through in person interviews.
I found this article on the Sinaloa drug trafficking organization to be particularly interesting and fairly on point – given my knowledge of both the group and several of the criminal cases referenced by the author. Along those same lines, I thought I’d share several other key subject matter experts and online sources I turn to for in-depth information from the field.
Southern Pulse (founded by journalist and author Samuel Logan)
Sylvia Longmire (provides a good analysis of violence on the southwest border)
Insight on Crime (has a great free newsletter on organized crime in Latin America)
Borderland Beat (warning this blog has the tendency to display very graphic images of the violence in Mexico)