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.

August 2017

Tweet from Rep. McGovern

Love this photo montage. On trip to #Colombia with @WOLA_org @adam_wola, thankful to people of northern Cauca/Norte de Cauca for showing reality of #peace process. pic.twitter.com/1UtwJXT8Fn — Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) August 30, 2017

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The day ahead: August 29, 2017

I’m traveling and will be hard to reach all day. (And all week.) (How to contact me) Greetings from Bogotá. I just bid farewell to the small congressional delegation with whom I spent the weekend in northern Cauca, Colombia, and yesterday here in the capital. I’m on my own in Bogotá for the rest of the week, […]

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The day ahead: August 25, 2017

I am hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’m off to Colombia, where I’ll be through the end of next week. I’ll post from the road when I’m able.

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The day ahead (behind): August 24, 2017

I’m very hard to contact today. (How to contact me) Things are ultra-busy, as I’m accompanying a member of Congress to Colombia starting tomorrow. Still nailing down the last two high-level meetings on the agenda. I’ll be accompanying the congressperson through Monday, then will be in Bogotá the rest of the week, interviewing everyone who will […]

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The day ahead: August 23, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) It was a real privilege to see the total solar eclipse on Monday. My video of the “moment of totality” is below. But it took 14 hours to drive back to Washington from western North Carolina, along with hundreds of thousands of eclipse-watchers […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 18, 2017 El Salvador Hector Silva Avalos, “After el Salvador Gang Truce Trial, 5 Doubts Remain” (InsightCrime, August 18, 2017). In total, Nalo said, ARENA and FMLN paid the three gangs $350,000 Mexico Kate Linthicum, “As Mexico Debates Giving the Military More Power, a Judge Asks Why Soldiers Gunned Down 22 […]

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The day ahead: August 18, 2017

I will not be reachable today. (How to contact me) I am taking today and Monday off. The family is headed south to see Monday’s solar eclipse. I’ll post here if I’m able.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 17, 2017 Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Panama Holly K. Sonneland, “Who’s Saying What on Pence’s Trip to Latin America” (Americas Society – Council of the Americas, August 17, 2017). The trip, which he cut short by one day to return to Washington to discuss South Asia strategy at Camp David, focuses on […]

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The day ahead: August 17, 2017

I am most reachable late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) Today’s my daughter’s 13th birthday. Morning pancakes have been made, and we’re having a nice dinner starting late afternoon. In between, I’m working, but at home, since my office is being painted and re-carpeted. Finishing an article and doing Colombia research. I’ll be […]

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Peace-ocracy

Colombians complain constantly about their government’s ossified bureaucracy. But when they get a chance to approach a problem in a new way—with a sweeping peace accord—this is what happens: In the executive branch, there are at least six entities or authorities with competencies related to the illicit crops issue, including the Defense Ministry. In addition, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 16, 2017 Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Western Hemisphere Regional Philip Rucker, “Pence Praises Argentina as a Model Partner While Raising Pressure on Venezuela” (The Washington Post, August 16, 2017). Pence sought to soothe U.S. allies across the hemisphere, including Argentina, that reacted with alarm to Trump’s threat late last week Bolivia Dan […]

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The day ahead: August 16, 2017

I may be briefly reachable in the mid-afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got a Senate meeting to talk border security, a State Department meeting to talk human rights and security assistance, and a late-afternoon “orientation” meeting at my kid’s school. In between I’ll be making preparations for my end-of-month trip to Colombia.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 15, 2017 Argentina Alberto Messer, Taos Turner, “Argentine President Macri’s Coalition Gets Strong Support in Primary Election” (The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2017). The results indicate that the governing coalition will pick up seats in both houses of Congress, where no party currently has a majority, in October´s election Brazil […]

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