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.

October 2017

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 20, 2017 Argentina Daniel Politi, “Body Found in Argentine River Shakes Up Election” (The New York Times, October 20, 2017). The Maldonado case became a thorn in the ruling party’s campaign, and the latest twist could raise questions in voters’ minds about the government’s handling of the investigation Colombia Gideon Long, […]

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The day ahead: October 20, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day, though replies could be delayed. (How to contact me) I’ve been aggressively avoiding commitments today. After organizing a large conference and related activities all week, I need to catch up. My office is a giant mess still, from renovations that took place in August. I have receipts left […]

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Border security piece published in “The Hill”

Thanks to Elyssa Pachico at WOLA for getting a draft together and shopping this piece to The Hill. The point here is that you can be “tough” on border security without being stupid (building walls, going on Border Patrol hiring binges).

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 19, 2017 Argentina Benedict Mander, “Election Tests Macri’s Promise to Make Argentina ‘Normal’ Again” (The Financial Times (UK), October 19, 2017). Polls predict Mr Macri’s coalition could win close to 40 per cent of the national vote, an improvement on the 34 per cent it won in the presidential race, and […]

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The day ahead: October 19, 2017

I’m hard to reach again today. (How to contact me) It’s another appointment-heavy day: a couple of phone interviews, lunch with a visiting European diplomat, and a meeting with a group that’s verifying Colombian peace-accord implementation. I also need to finish a brief article about post-conflict Colombia for another publication, and to get started planning […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 18, 2017 Argentina Charlie Devereux, “Argentina’s Most Powerful Women Face Off in Buenos Aires Vote” (Bloomberg, October 18, 2017). “In some ways this has become a competition between Vidal and Cristina” Brazil Dom Phillips, “Accused of Corruption, Popularity Near Zero – Why Is Temer Still Brazil’s President?” (The Guardian (Uk), October […]

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The day ahead: October 18, 2017

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’m very pleased with the Colombia conference that we hosted on Monday. We had a great turnout, there were great discussions and presentations, and a very good round of meetings with diplomats and congressional staff yesterday. Everyone is flying home this morning. For me, today […]

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The day ahead: October 16, 2017

I’ll be very hard to reach today. (How to contact me) Today we’ve got a lot of guests from Colombia in town, and will be holding a conference all day to talk about how implementation of that country’s peace accord is going. The conference, and accompanying our visitors for a schedule of side meetings, will keep […]

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Five links from the past week

Alex Cuadros, “Open Talk of a Military Coup Unsettles Brazil” (The New Yorker, October 13, 2017). The military high command is making disturbing signals. And a large minority of the population, along with a leading presidential candidate, are OK with it. “Corruption on the Rise in Latin America and the Caribbean” (Transparency International, October 10, […]

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The so-recently unthinkable, now thinkable in Brazil

In The New Yorker, Alex Cuadros explains recent comments, in a Brasilia lecture, by one of Brazil’s top generals. Gen. Antonio Hamilton Martins Mourão told the audience that, as corruption scandals continue to mount, the top brass had discussed overthrowing the government for the first time since a brutal 1964-85 military dictatorship. “Either the institutions solve the political problem through […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 13, 2017 Brazil Alex Cuadros, “Open Talk of a Military Coup Unsettles Brazil” (The New Yorker, October 13, 2017). Bolsonaro can be seen telling a fervent crowd in the city of Belém that the general is a patriot trying to keep his country from going under. The post has racked up […]

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The day ahead: October 13, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) My schedule is mostly clear, and I’ll be writing about Colombia all day. Though I stand ready to drop everything and help with any last-minute preparations for Monday’s big Colombia conference. That is mostly set up at this point, however.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 12, 2017 Brazil Paulo Trevisani, “Brazilian Congress Backs Bill for Troops to Be Tried by Military Court in Civilian Deaths” (The Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2017). Troops who are increasingly being pressed into service to fight urban drug gangs will face a military tribunal, rather than a civilian court, if […]

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The day ahead: October 12, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) This afternoon I’m helping interview two candidates for WOLA’s legislative liaison position, and then meeting with a visiting researcher of U.S. military aid. In the morning, I’m in the office doing research through accumulated official documents about Colombia, and helping with last-minute tasks to organize […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 11, 2017 Central America Regional Michael Paarlberg, “Don’t Believe the Trump Administration: Ms-13 Is Not Ravaging the United States” (The Washington Post, October 11, 2017). MS-13 is indeed a problem. For Central Americans Colombia “Sustitucion de Hoja de Coca: Entre Lentitud del Gobierno y Presion de Criminales” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), October […]

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