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"The Nigerian people have been wary ...
"The Nigerian people have been wary of the military for a long time," said Scott Stewart, Vice President of Tactical Analysis for global intelligence and advisory firm Stratfor.
"Ever since they became a democratic state in 1999, they have been working hard to undermine the military and one of the ways they have done that was not to fund them," Stewart
said the "mindset of the Nigerian people and their tactics" left their own forces without sufficient arms to fight off militants "as extreme as Boko Haram."
"The Nigerian soldiers are being sent out with nothing but 30 rounds in their rifles," he
And it's come with outside help," Stewart
"The Chadians have a huge interest in pushing Boko Haram back from the border," said Stewart
I believe that they are hurting," ...
I believe that they are hurting," said Scott Stewart, vice president of Tactical Analysis at Stratfor, a global intelligence and advisory firm.
"We began seeing the weakening of ...
"We began seeing the weakening of the Sinaloa cartel and the strengthening of the VCF (Vicente Carrillo Fuentes) cartel and La LÃnea in JuÃ¡rez because of the help of Los Zetas cartel since the end of last year," Stratfor's vice president of Tactical Intelligence, Scott Stewart, said.
was one of the speakers at the second day of the U.S.-MÃ©xico Border Security Summit.
conference was at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown El Paso.
The JuÃ¡rez Chapter of ASIS International
, an organization that provides private security services to businesses all over the world, organized the two-day summit to promote the El Paso-JuÃ¡rez region to chief security officers and representatives of U.S.
presentation of "The Border Potential Treats: Intelligence," Stewart
gave an update on the trends and dynamics of the major drug cartels in MÃ©xico, including the Sinaloa cartel, the Zetas, Jalisco Nueva GeneraciÃ³n, the Gulf cartel, the Knights Templar and the BeltrÃ¡n Leyva organization
The Sinaloa cartel, which battles for turf with the Carrillo-Fuentes drug-trafficking organization, leaving more than 10,000 dead in JuÃ¡rez since 2007, still controls almost all Chihuahua state.
However, Los Zetas, which are the second largest drug-trafficking organization in MÃ©xico and the Sinaloa cartel's biggest rival, has begun to help the Carrillo Fuentes cartel in moving illegal drugs around the El Paso-JuÃ¡rez border in an attempt to regain control of this plaza, Stewart
said that it is unknown how long the Sinaloa cartel is going to resist, but so far this year there has not been a considerable increase of violence in JuÃ¡rez like in the past years.
"We think it is because the Sinaloa cartel's control over JuÃ¡rez is eroding quickly," he
explained the Sinaloa cartel was hit hard with the killing in December of Gonzalo "El Macho Prieto" Inzuza, who was believed to be one of the chief cartel leaders.
It was also impacted by the arrests in January of enforcer JosÃ© Rodrigo ArÃ©chiga Gamboa "El Chino Antrax" and ultimately the capture in February of the cartel's leader JoaquÃn "El Chapo" GuzmÃ¡n.
"Once those guys are out of the picture it makes it more difficult for the Sinaloa cartel to project military power, so we think that is what is helping to keep down the violence," he
"Chapo doesn't run a very hierarchical ...
"Chapo doesn't run a very hierarchical cartel - his allies are more like a loose federation of warlords, like in Afghanistan," says Scott Stewart, an analyst with the intelligence firm Stratfor.
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Scott Stewart supervises Stratfor's analysis of terrorism and security issues.
Before joining Stratfor, he was a special agent with the U.S. State Department for 10 years and was involved in hundreds of terrorism investigations.
Stewart was the lead State Department investigator assigned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the follow-up New York City bomb plot.
also led a team of American agents assisting the Argentine investigation of the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy
in Buenos Aires and was involved in investigations following a series of attacks and attempted attacks by the Iraqi intelligence service during the first Gulf War.
Stewart was deputy regional security officer in Guatemala City and was responsible for embassy and diplomatic security at that post as well as in Belize City.
As protective intelligence coordinator for Dell, he served as a member of Michael Dell's executive protective team.
also has consulted on terrorism issues for the Texas Department of Public Safety
is regularly featured as a security expert in leading media outlets, including The New York Times
, the Los Angeles Times
, CNN International
, USA Today
, The Associated Press
, World Magazine
, Fox News
, Discovery Channel
and Time magazine