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.

December 2017

Why what’s happening in Honduras matters

(1,436 words, 5 minute 44 second reading time) When I was in college in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was already studying and following the U.S. role in Latin America. Back then, at the sunset of the Cold War and the Reagan presidency, the deal was clear. If you were a dictator in […]

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The day ahead: December 15, 2017

I’ll be sporadically available all day. (How to contact me) At 11:00 I’ll be doing a Facebook Live discussion about the U.S.-Mexico border, the first time WOLA has attempted this format. There’s a lot to talk about, so do tune in if you’re able. I have a mid-afternoon meeting with a reporter, and at some […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 14, 2017 Brazil Giselle Ouchana, “‘(A Upp) Ja Acabou. So Estamos Aguardando a Ordem para Sairmos Daqui’, Diz Policial” (O Globo (Brazil), December 14, 2017). Se em 2017 a verba de manutenção das UPPs era de R$ 5,4 milhões, para o ano que vem as 38 unidades terão apenas R$ 10 […]

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New Report: Lessons from San Diego’s Border Wall

This is just a blurb. The full report is here: HTML / PDF. I set about writing it at the beginning of the month after we returned from our Texas border trip. This was meant to be just a quick memo about the border-wall prototypes that got built outside San Diego, but blossomed into a […]

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The day ahead: December 14, 2017

I’ll be most available mid-morning and mid-afternoon. (How to contact me) After two solid days of “off-campus” meetings around Washington, I’ll be back in the office today. I’ve got an internal meeting, a mid-day discussion about Colombia, and a late-afternoon visit from a Mexico-based journalist. In between, I’ll be launching a mid-sized (4,000-word) report on border security, and […]

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The day ahead: December 13, 2017

I’ll be very hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ll be out of the office and away from a keyboard all day today. There’s an NGO human rights roundtable with U.S. Southern Command in the morning and an NGO Colombia human rights consultation with the State Department in the afternoon. While at State, […]

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What 2017’s Migration Statistics Tell Us About Border Security

Cross-posted from wola.org. 1,045 words (4 min, 21 sec read). Last week, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released new information telling us what happened at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2017. The data came in two reports: new statistics about apprehensions of migrants, and CBP’s annual Border Security Report. This information, plus an annual […]

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The day ahead: December 12, 2017

I’ll be very hard to contact today. (How to contact me) I’m at an all-day conference in Washington hosted by U.S. Southern Command’s Human Rights Initiative. I’ll be mostly out of touch.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 11, 2017 Brazil, Venezuela Anthony Boadle, “Brazil Struggles With One of the Biggest Migrations in Recent Latin American History” (Reuters, AOL News, December 11, 2017). With limited infrastructure, social services and jobs to offer migrants, Brazilian authorities fear a full-fledged humanitarian crisis Colombia “Espias y Traicion en el Comando de las […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, December 11, 2017 9:00-10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: China’s Belt and Road: What Role for Latin America? (RSVP required). 10:00-11:30 at CSIS: Beyond Trade: The Costs and Consequences of Exiting NAFTA (RSVP required). 2:00-3:00 at the Council of the Americas: Fighting Corruption in the Western Hemisphere (RSVP required). Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:00-10:00 at […]

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The day ahead: December 11, 2017

I’ll be somewhat available, but trying to write, in the mid- and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got over 22 hours of meetings already on my schedule this week, and 4 1/2 of them are today. I’ll be in a Skype interview with some European investigators, a weekly staff meeting, a call with […]

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The week ahead

It’s hard to believe there’s only two more weeks to go before the holidays effectively end 2017. (And, perhaps, before the federal government shuts down for lack of a budget deal—the current deadline is December 22.) I’ll be out visiting family between Christmas and New Year’s Day, so this is my second-to-last week of the […]

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