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.

September 2017

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 29, 2017 Brazil Bianca Lemos, “Ex-Lider Do Bope Sobre Exercito No Rio: ‘Essa Guerra Nao e Deles’” (Veja (Brazil), September 29, 2017). Rodrigo Pimentel, autor de livro que inspirou ‘Tropa de Elite’, diz que soldados foram deslocados para a Rocinha sem condições de fazer algo diferente da PM Colombia Natalia Arenas, […]

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The day ahead: September 29, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) My plan is to be in the office writing about Colombia in the morning, and helping colleagues who work on Venezuela with a long-ish strategy session in the afternoon.

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With Glaring Omissions, a U.S. Ambassador Delivers a Dark View of Post-Conflict Colombia

Just posted to WOLA’s website: my response to U.S. Ambassador Kevin Whitaker’s aggressive critique of Colombia’s peace process, which appeared in an interview posted Sunday to the country’s most-circulated newspaper. “Last weekend marked the moment Kevin Whitaker truly became Donald Trump’s ambassador to Colombia.… His interview marks the sharpest reversal yet in U.S. support for the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 28, 2017 Brazil Anthony Boadle, “Far-Right Presidential Hopeful Aims to Be Brazil’s Trump” (Reuters **, September 28, 2017). A poll by Datafolha in June put him second in voting intentions for the 2018 elections, at 16 percent, trailing only former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, at 30 percent, who has […]

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The day ahead: September 28, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve been steering meetings and commitments away from this day. With our October 16 Colombia conference mostly organized at this point, I need most of a day to get re-organized: my to-do lists, inboxes, and plans for the next few months are in disarray. I’ll […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 27, 2017 Colombia Marcela Ulloa Beltran, “Hasta 500 Presos Podrian Estar Colados en Listas de las Farc” (El Tiempo (Colombia), September 27, 2017). Reveló que tiene la lupa sobre otros 500 nombres de supuestos guerrilleros presos que también fueron incluidos por esa organización para recibir beneficios jurídicos “Luz Marina Monzon Es […]

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The day ahead: September 27, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve now locked in most of the agenda for the big Colombia conference we’re putting together here in Washington on October 16—a good thing, since it’s less than three weeks away. (Organizing events is not my favorite part of the job.) That should free […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 26, 2017 Brazil Misha Glenny, “One of Rio de Janeiro’s Safest Favelas Descends Into Violence, the Latest Sign of a City in Chaos” (The Intercept, September 26, 2017). The favela sits nestled between three of the wealthiest residential areas of the city, so when the shooting starts in Rocinha, the national […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 25, 2017 Brazil Dom Phillips, Julio Carvalho, “Brazil’s Army Returns to Rio Favela Amid Clashes Between Gangs and Police” (The Guardian (Uk), September 25, 2017). After almost a week of intense gun battles between rival drug gangsters and the police, Brazil’s army has been deployed to encircle the sprawling Rocinha favela […]

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The day ahead: September 25, 2017

I’m most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m getting a late start today after hosting family at home all weekend. Hopefully I’ll end the day more caught up, both on the job and on this site. I’ve got a couple of staff meetings this morning, a phone meeting related to our October […]

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Things from the past two weeks

I mean to post a link or some other notice to this site whenever I publish something elsewhere. But it has been such a fertile time at work lately, things have gotten away from me and I’ve neglected this space. In order to catch up a bit, here’s everything I’ve been up to since September […]

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