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.

July 2017

We’re Not Binge-Watching Netflix.

In an April speech, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly gave a pure distillation of a point of view that I find toxic. We hear this view from a tiny sliver of people in the military or law enforcement. More often, it comes from politicians who would “unshackle” soldiers, police, or spies. This is a lengthy […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 31, 2017 Brazil “Com Exercito, Violencia Ainda Preocupa Carioca” (Veja (Brazil), July 31, 2017). Militares patrulham as áreas mais violentas da cidade Colombia Diana Durán Núñez, “Caso de Ejecucion Extrajudicial Enreda a Futuro General” (El Espectador (Colombia), July 31, 2017). El coronel Diego Luis Villegas empezó su curso de ascenso en […]

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The day ahead: July 28, 2017

I’ll be reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) Like a lot of people, I’m getting a late start after spending too much time this morning reading about the stunning 1:30AM healthcare vote in the Senate. I’ll be in the office this morning, working on a list of small tasks. Then I have lunch […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 27, 2017 Colombia “Ya Van 304 Caletas de las Farc Extraidas, Faltan 475” (El Tiempo (Colombia), July 27, 2017). La ONU informó este miércoles que ya son 304 las caletas con armas de las Farc extraídas. El organismo, que verifica el desarme de la guerrilla en el marco de los acuerdos […]

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The day ahead: July 27, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Another day with few meetings. Today the House of Representatives is debating the bill that includes Trump’s border wall request. They wouldn’t have the votes if someone tried to cut the wall out of the bill with an amendment, so they used a parliamentary […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 26, 2017 Brazil “El Ejercito Contra los Narcos en Rio” (ANSA, ABC Color (Paraguay), July 26, 2017). El gobierno confirmó que “en breve” el presidente Michel Temer firmará el decreto para autorizar el despliegue de tropas Dom Phillips, “Brazil: Landless Agriculture Workers Invade Farms of President’s Allies” (The Guardian (Uk), July […]

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The day ahead: July 26, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Today I’m mostly in the office. Other than lunch with the interns and a bunch of planning for our end-of-August Colombia trip, I should be reachable. My goal is to start work today on a big ambitious “what happens now” report covering Colombia’s post-conflict challenges, which […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 25, 2017 Brazil, Colombia Ricardo Vargas Meza, “Colombia y el Mercado Mundial de la Cocaina” (Razon Publica (Colombia), July 25, 2017). Estados Unidos representa apenas el 30,8 por ciento del mercado, y por lo tanto es imposible tener claridad sobre lo que ocurre en Colombia si no se reconoce la importancia […]

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The day ahead: July 25, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’m in the office all day, monitoring what’s happening in Congress and mostly staying off social media in order to get real work done. This morning I cranked out a 2,700-page mini-report taking on the arguments in favor of expanding Border Patrol by 5,000 […]

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New WOLA Podcast on what’s up with Congress and the border

Here’s the blurb: The House Appropriations Committee just passed a budget bill that gives the Trump administration much of what it is asking for: more border wall, more border agents, and more deportation capacity. Meanwhile migration, especially of people fleeing violence in Central America, is creeping upward after a sharp post-inauguration decline. Get an update […]

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Whoa I’ve been libeled! (and really sloppily too)

Here’s an English translation of a note I just dashed off to Roberto Pombo, director of Colombia’s most-circulated newspaper, El Tiempo.  (Other than a conversation or two with lawyers, this is the last thing I want to do about this today—there are more important things to do. But I’m looking forward to pursuing this as far […]

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The day ahead: July 21, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’ll be in the office and have a light meeting schedule. We’ll be recording a podcast, planning a late-August Colombia trip, finishing a quick memo about the foreign aid bill, and adding information to my database from a pile of backlogged government documents.

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