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.

November 2017

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 22, 2017 Chile Patricio Navia, “Chile Votes for (Steady) Change” (Americas Quarterly, November 22, 2017). Chileans did not follow other Latin Americans in making a right-wing turn in the presidential election, and instead voted to stay the course on the ambitious reform agenda that Bachelet put in place Colombia Juanita Velez, […]

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“Good to be here”

The deconstruction of the State Department continues in real time. On Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Colombia’s foreign minister. On Tuesday, he met with Peru’s foreign minister. Why the flurry of activity? You’re not going to learn anything from the State Department. Here’s the entirety of what the Secretary’s office had the gall […]

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The day ahead: November 22, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) It’s the day before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, so it should be quiet in the office. I’ll be finishing a long draft memo about Colombia’s transitional justice legislation, and updating our border legislation tracker because the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday released its version of the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 21, 2017 Brazil Andrea Barretto, “Brazilian Armed Forces Summit Aligns Electronic Warfare Knowledge” (Revista Dialogo (U.S. Southern Command), November 21, 2017). Among the issues discussed: Brazil’s Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, per its Portuguese acronym) stood out Colombia Nelson Ricardo Matta Colorado, “Las Mafias Detras de la Ruta de la Cripa […]

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Special Forces trainings in Latin America aren’t declining, despite the reported numbers

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, we obtained (heavily redacted) reports detailing U.S. Special Operations Forces’ training deployments around the world. (Reports since 2014 are here; earlier ones are at Security Assistance Monitor.) This allowed me to update a table that ran in an August 2016 WOLA commentary about these trainings in Latin America. That […]

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The day ahead: November 21, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) No meetings on the calendar today—the Thanksgiving slowdown is upon us. I’ll be in the office, writing about the border wall, writing about transitional justice in Colombia, and nailing down final details for next week’s research trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 20, 2017 Argentina Uki Goñi, “Search for Missing Argentinian Submarine Fails to Find Any Clues” (The Guardian (Uk), November 20, 2017). ARA San Juan went missing with 44 crew members on board four days ago, in vast potential search area Brazil Ernesto Londono, “In Rio de Janeiro, ‘Complete Vulnerability’ as Violence […]

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The day ahead: November 20, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m off to the State Department for a meeting with a human rights official with whom I haven’t spoken in a while. Then it’s back to the office for the rest of the day, where I’ll join the weekly staff meeting, check in with […]

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The week ahead

It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States. This is the second most widely celebrated holiday of the year here, after Christmas. Nearly everything will be closed Thursday, and—except for retail—also on Friday. I’ll be away for the holiday, though not traveling far this time. Washington will be quiet all week. The House and Senate are […]

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The day ahead: November 8, 2017

I’ll be unreachable most of the day. (How to contact me) I’m flying to Colombia today, where I’ll be participating in a two-day off-the-record discussion of Colombia’s implementation of illicit crop substitution within the framework of the peace accord. I’ll try to post a bit from Bogotá.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 7, 2017 Argentina Almudena Calatrava, “New Argentina Probe Says Prosecutor Nisman Was Murdered” (Associated Press **, November 7, 2017). The investigation listed key evidence that wasn’t mentioned in previous reports: Nisman’s nasal septum was broken. He had suffered blows Colombia James Bargent, “Time Running Out for Colombia Congress to Pass Farc […]

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