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

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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 6, 2017 Argentina Juan Gabriel Tokatlian, “ff.aa. Y Narcotrafico: Una Senal Clara” (Clarin (Argentina), November 6, 2017). Al parecer el ministro Aguad ha optado, hasta el momento, por no militarizar la política anti-drogas. Cuatro motivos parecen haberlo persuadido Bolivia, Peru Oscar Chumpitaz, “Precio de la Cocaina Que Producen los Narcos en […]

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The day ahead: November 6, 2017

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) It’s meetings all day, with virtually no space in between. A weekly staff meeting, lunch with the interns, a meeting with a House office, and two meetings with visiting researchers.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 3, 2017 Colombia Kyle Johnson, “El Rio Inirida en Guaviare, un Caldo de Cultivos” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), November 3, 2017). En pueblos como La Paz, que de alguna forma es la puerta para poder entrar a navegar ese afluente, la pasta de coca es la moneda principal Colombia, Honduras “Buque Gracias […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 2, 2017 Colombia Leonardo Villar, “How Colombia’s Economic Outlook Puts Pressure on the Peace Deal” (Americas Quarterly, November 2, 2017). The government will need to find ways to increase its earnings, which in turn will require a tax system that is both more progressive and better for competitiveness “Con Timochenko Como […]

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The day ahead: November 2, 2017

I’m around, but will need some “do not disturb” time to get some new writing done. (How to contact me) I’ve got a meeting this morning with some Latin American military officers posted to the OAS, and an event in the evening at a European embassy. In between, I plan to hunker down and write […]

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