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.

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June 2017

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 30, 2017 Brazil Mac Margolis, “Brazil Needs to Look Beyond Scandal” (Bloomberg, June 30, 2017). With elections 16 months away and much of the political class discredited or under scrutiny, it’s hard to say who might emerge to squire the country to recovery Paul Kiernan, “Brazil Authorities Arrest Rio Police on […]

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The day ahead: June 30, 2017

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’m on vacation today, with family in New York. We don’t have a heavy schedule planned, so I may post some content here later.

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Just released: our latest report on the Mexico-Guatemala border

Maureen Meyer, Hannah Smith, and I spent the third week of February in and around Tenosique, Mexico. We were in Mexico’s far south, by the border with Petén, Guatemala. We visited migrant shelters, which were busy, though emptier than before Trump’s inauguration. We heard grim accounts of the violence Central Americans were fleeing. We spoke […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 29, 2017 Brazil Samantha Pearson, “Brazilians Are Too Weary of Scandal to Protest Their Graft-Tinged Leader” (The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2017). Many Brazilians are tacitly choosing stability over rule of law. That, many observers say, may help Mr. Temer cling onto power Colombia “El Fin de las Farc Como […]

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The day ahead: June 29, 2017

I’ll be hard to reach again today. (How to contact me) I counted it up—I’ve spent 22 hours in meetings, trainings, and events during the first three days of this week. Today won’t be much better: interviews continue for our program assistant position (PDF), and I have another internal meeting in the morning. Then, around […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 28, 2017 Brazil Mauricio Savarese, Sarah Dilorenzo, “Brazil’s President Says Corruption Charge Is ‘Soap Opera’” (Associated Press **, June 28, 2017). The indictment itself was blistering in its assessment of Temer, saying he showed a total disregard for his office and that his actions, including secret meetings not on his official […]

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The day ahead: June 28, 2017

Again, I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’m going to be in an all-day media training with WOLA colleagues. While I appreciate the staff development opportunity, this means I’ll be hard to contact today, and won’t be posting here.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 27, 2017 Brazil Peter Prengaman, Mauricio Savarese, “Brazil’s Crisis Deepens as President Accused of Corruption” (Associated Press **, June 27, 2017). Even stalwart allies have begun to bail on Temer Colombia “United Nations Mission Receives the Balance of Individual Arms From the Farc-Ep in Accordance With the 29 May Road Map” […]

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The day ahead: June 27, 2017

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I just finished my part of a memo on what is up with U.S.-Colombian relations, which has run to 4,000 words and kept me up until 3:00 AM, so I’m getting a bit of a late start. This morning I’m interviewing candidates for our […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 26, 2017 Colombia “Editorial: Sera un Dia Historico” (El Tiempo (Colombia), June 26, 2017). De no mediar hecho anómalo, para ese día los cerca de 7.000 integrantes de esta guerrilla, ubicados en los 26 puntos de concentración, habrán culminado el proceso de entrega de sus armas Marisol GÓmez Giraldo, “Llego la […]

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The day ahead: June 26, 2017

I’ll be difficult to reach today. (How to contact me) I’m spending most of the day at a non-public State Department event where they invite in a few outside experts to talk about the current moment in Colombia. My panel is in the morning. In the latter part of the afternoon I’ll be attending an AEI event […]

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The week ahead

This is sort of a truncated week, followed by some vacation. I leave town mid-day Thursday, visiting family for the July 4 week. I’m taking off the following week as well. This is the first extended time off since Christmas, and while I plan to post to this site as often as always, I look […]

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