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.

June 2017

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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5 tweets that made me laugh this week

MICHAEL STIPE: I'm LMAO!L- LosingM- My religion trying to keep up with youA- And I don't know if I can do itO- Oh no I've said too much — Dave Cactus (@dave_cactus) June 24, 2017 This gorilla looks like he wants pictures of Spiderman on his desk by noon pic.twitter.com/aKQEphkxVy — Persian Rose (@PersianRose1) June […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, June 26, 2017 12:00 at the Atlantic Council: Rising Chinese FDI in Latin America and the Implications for the United States (RSVP required). 1:00–2:00 at CSIS: The Rule of Law in El Salvador (RSVP required). 3:45–5:15 at the American Enterprise Institute: “Kingpins and corruption: Targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas” (RSVP required). Wednesday, […]

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Five links from the past week

Colombia Robert Karl, Greg Grandin, “Will Last Year’s Peace Treaty Survive, or Is the Past Prologue in Colombia?” (The Nation, June 23, 2017). Two historians, Grandin and Robert Karl, look at Colombia’s hopeful but deeply worrying current moment, drawing on the country’s violent past. “La Politica Detras de la Sustitucion de Cultivos” (La Silla Vacia […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 23, 2017 Brazil Rene Silva, “Let’s Stop Vigilante Attacks in Brazil” (Americas Quarterly, June 23, 2017). People who are afraid, angry, or who feel victimized look for enemies that can be eliminated, instead of searching for ways to fix a broken criminal justice system and a failed public security model Colombia […]

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The day ahead: June 23, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’ve avoided scheduling meetings today, and the result is 12 hours of time for writing and research. If all goes well, I’ll have prepared a Colombia presentation I’ll be giving to a State Department audience on Monday, recorded (or at least scripted) a podcast […]

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