Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

April 2017

Brookings post about coca and peace in Colombia

This just went up on the Brookings Institution’s “Order from Chaos” foreign policy blog. I’ll be talking about “drugs and peace” in post-conflict Colombia at a Brookings panel on Monday morning. Colombia’s peace accords point the way to a solution. But will they be implemented? The “illicit crops” part of the peace accord is more transactional […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 28, 2017 Argentina Uki Goñi, “40 Years Later, the Mothers of Argentina’s ‘Disappeared’ Refuse to Be Silent” (The Guardian (Uk), April 28, 2017). Decades after the military murdered thousands, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo warn that the current era of alternative facts poses a new threat Argentina, Venezuela “Argentina Leader Calls […]

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After 28 years…

…The Simpsons can still make me laugh so hard my morning coffee comes out of my nose. (Trump’s hair did it to me here.)

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The day ahead: April 28, 2017

I should be reachable in the late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) Yesterday WOLA published two things that I co-authored: a huge resource about U.S. military and police aid around the world, and a brief analysis of the White House’s proposal to hire a lot more Border Patrol and ICE agents. I’m going to […]

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White House proposes 38.9 percent cut in economic aid to Latin America

On Monday, Foreign Policy reporters Bryant Harris, Robbie Gramer, and Emily Tamkin shared a draft 2018 budget document (PDF) that they somehow obtained from the Trump administration. It’s a printout of a table showing how the White House would cut economic aid to the world in its 2018 budget request for the U.S. Agency for […]

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Launched! “Putting the Pieces Together”

I’m delighted to announce that WOLA has just launched “Putting the Pieces Together: A Global Guide to U.S. Security Aid Programs.” This is an epic, sprawling, deep-in-the-weeds attempt to get a handle on all the ways that the U.S. government can work with, give weapons to, train, advise, or otherwise support about 160 countries’ militaries […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 27, 2017 Brazil Anthony Boadle, Brad Brooks, “Brazil’s Senate Passes Bill Prosecutors View as Curbing Graft Probes” (Reuters **, April 27, 2017). Brazilian Senators, two dozen of whom are being investigated for corruption, pushed through a bill on Wednesday that many prosecutors and judges say curbs their ability to carry out […]

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The day ahead: April 27, 2017

I should be reachable in the morning and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I have a long-ish meeting today of the selection committee for the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. It’ll be nice to see everyone on that group. When not there, I’ll be in the office dashing off dozens of e-mails and messages, […]

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“What Now in Venezuela?”

Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Organization of American States deepens the country’s political crisis still further. Meanwhile, at least three people died today in mounting protests against the country’s definitive turn toward authoritarianism. It’s really hard to predict where this is headed. I found useful, though, a column published Monday by Luis Vicente León, a widely […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 26, 2017 Brazil Ueslei Marcelino, Anthony Boadle, “Brazil Indigenous Protest Over Land Rights Turns Violent” (Reuters, April 26, 2017). The demonstration was peaceful until police blocked some of the indigenous people, their bodies painted and wearing colorful headdresses, from climbing a ramp that led into the congressional building Brazil, Paraguay Simon […]

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The day ahead: April 26, 2017

I won’t be in my office at all today, except for a brief period in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got an interview with Voice of America, a planning meeting for our border work, a meeting with a journalist, and an event at the National Defense University where Colombia’s military is talking about peace […]

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