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.

May 2017

The day ahead: May 25, 2017

I’m going to be in meetings all day, and hard to reach. (How to contact me) I’ve got meetings all day, all of them at WOLA’s offices. A morning call with the creators of “Security Force Monitor,” an interesting new human rights data project. Then a conference call with WOLA supporters to talk about our border […]

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The past week in U.S. policy toward Latin America

The Trump administration’s budget request to Congress, issued May 23, has a lot of bad news for Latin America. The foreign assistance request would slash aid to the region by 35 percent. The Homeland Security request would build 74 miles of border wall and hire 500 new Border Patrol agents. The request will now undergo […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 24, 2017 Brazil Stephanie Nolen, Elisangela Mendonca, “In Brazil’s Crooked Political Game, Is Anybody Playing Fair? A Search for an Honest Political Player” (The Globe and Mail (Toronto Canada), May 24, 2017). We wound up with just a dozen names and decided to seek out one from each major political party […]

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The day ahead: May 24, 2017

I should be reachable for a while in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ll be doing some drive-time radio interviews in Colombia this morning to talk about the Trump administration’s proposed aid cut to the country. We’ll put out a memo hopefully in the morning explaining what’s in this disaster of a budget and […]

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Hopefully this 2018 foreign aid budget request is dead on arrival in Congress

The Trump administration issued its 2018 budget request to Congress today. We’ll have a proper memo out about this tomorrow. For now, here’s a crude graphic that shows pretty clearly how radical and irresponsible the foreign aid part of the request is. The Homeland Security request, meanwhile, proposes to build 74 miles of border wall […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 23, 2017 Colombia Juanita Velez, “La “Estrategia Mojoso” de las Farc” (La Silla Vacia (Colombia), May 23, 2017). Las Farc han venido aplicando lo que llaman ‘la estrategia Mojoso’ para que como ese, otros disidentes le apuesten al proceso de paz Colombia, Venezuela “Venezuela No Esta Satisfecha Con Respuesta de Colombia […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(1) In a decision announced late on May 17, Colombia’s Constitutional Court appears to have dealt a severe blow to implementation of the FARC peace accord. In a 5–3 vote, the magistrates did away with key parts of “fast track,” the special legislative authority the Court approved last December to allow swift passage of laws […]

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The day ahead: May 23, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Other than a morning car maintenance appointment and lunch with a congressional staffer, I’m in the office all day. Today is when we expect to see the first details of the Trump administration’s 2018 budget request, and we’ll be crunching those numbers as quickly […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 22, 2017 Argentina Pablo Waisberg, Guillermo Peralta, “Grupo Pro Militar Escracha a Testigos de Juicios” (Perfil (Argentina), May 22, 2017). La Unión de Promociones apuntó a “terroristas subversivos de los 70”. Incluye militantes que eran chicos en esa época Brazil Jill Langlois, “Soggy Protesters Demand Impeachment of Brazil’s President: ‘We Have […]

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Links from the past month about: Politics and security in Latin America

Protests against President Nicolás Maduro’s regime on the streets of Venezuela have now reached their 50th day, and at least 47 people have died. The U.S. government issued sanctions against the eight Venezuelan Supreme Court justices whose March power grab–a thwarted efort to dissolve the opposition-led legislature–sparked the protests in the first place. Eight Latin […]

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