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.

January 2018

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 31, 2018 Colombia Kyle Johnson, “¿Que Pasa Con el Eln?” (International Crisis Group, La Silla Vacia (Colombia), January 31, 2018). Todo por ahora depende de la respuesta del ELN, y si internamente se puede poner de acuerdo “Bombing Near Indigenous Territory in Choco” (Amnesty International, January 31, 2018). While carrying out […]

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The day ahead: January 31, 2018

I’ll be hard to reach all day because of a full schedule of events and meetings. (How to contact me) I’m giving a talk this morning at the OAS Inter-American Defense Board about the use of military forces as police. (Spoiler alert: I’m opposed to it.) If you’re interested, here is a 5MB PDF of […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 30, 2018 Colombia Jeremy Kryt, “The Narco War in Colombia Is Not Over. Trump’s Policies Are Fueling the Fire.” (The Daily Beast, January 30, 2018). Nationwide there were 170 social leaders assassinated in 2017, an increase of about a third from the year before Manuel Rueda, “A Farc Rebel Commander Runs […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 29, 2018 Bolivia Nicholas Casey, “Bolivia Tells President His Time Is Up. He Isn’t Listening.” (The New York Times, January 29, 2018). Mr. Morales’s determination to continue governing his landlocked country has echoes elsewhere in the region, where a stable grid of democracies suddenly looks a lot less solid Brazil Stephanie […]

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Last week in Colombia’s peace process

In third week after end of ELN ceasefire, violence intensifies Talks in Ecuador between the government and the ELN made no progress more than two weeks after the non-renewal of a 100-day cessation of hostilities, which ended on January 9. Last week, events on the battlefield made the situation worse. In the early morning hours […]

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The day ahead: January 29, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the mid-afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got a morning staff meeting, lunch with a longtime colleague whom I haven’t seen in a while, and an evening meeting at my kid’s school. In between I’ll be finishing a planning document and a weekly update on Colombia’s peace/implementation process.

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, January 29, 2018 11:30–12:00 at the Wilson Center: A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen (RSVP required). 1:00–2:30 at the World Resources Institute: Cities Research Seminar Series: Why There? Developers’ Rationale for Building Social Housing in the Urban Periphery in Latin America Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:00–11:00 at the Inter-American […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 26, 2018 Brazil AntÔnio Werneck, Carina Bacelar, Dayana Resende, Elaine Neves, Gabriela Viana, Gisele Barros, Marta Szpacenkopf, Rayanderson Guerra, “Rocinha Revive Auge de Tensao Com Tiroteios, Onibus Incendiado e Delegacia Sob Ameaca” (O Globo (Brazil), January 26, 2018). Bandidos atiram em UPP, ameaçam atacar delegacia e incendeiam ônibus na Av. Niemeyer […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 25, 2018 Brazil “Brazilian Ex-President Lula’s Corruption Verdict Does Not End His Career” (The Economist (Uk), January 25, 2018). This week’s affirmation of the guilty verdict begins a race by the courts against the electoral calendar Dom Phillips, “Brazilian Court Upholds Corruption Conviction for Ex-President Lula” (The Guardian (Uk), January 25, […]

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The day ahead: January 25, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day, but have a long list of writing projects that need finishing. (How to contact me) We’re deep into WOLA’s planning process. I have two workplans to write today, and will be behind closed doors doing that as much as possible. I note that I haven’t been posting […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 23, 2018 Brazil Dom Phillips, “Brazil Braces for Corruption Appeal That Could Make or Break Ex-President” (The Guardian (Uk), January 23, 2018). Civil unrest expected as Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, still hugely popular despite corruption conviction, fights to stay in upcoming election race Brian Winter, “System Failure: Behind the Rise […]

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Last week in Colombia’s peace process

ELN and government negotiating new ceasefire? The frequency of ELN attacks appeared to slow in this, the second full week after a 100-day ceasefire ended between the guerrilla group and the Colombian government. The days since January 9 have seen at least 24 events, most of them small-scale guerrilla attacks on energy infrastructure or ambushes […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 22, 2018 Brazil Bruce Douglas, Raymond Colitt, “It’s Jail or the Presidency for Brazil’s Lula” (Bloomberg, January 22, 2018). If the sentence is upheld, Lula figures to be barred from running. If it’s thrown out, he’ll likely run and stand a real chance of winning Chile, Haiti Paul Kiernan, Ryan Dube, […]

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The day ahead

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got a staff meeting in the morning, lunch with a new intern, then I’m in the office all afternoon. I won’t go to bed tonight until I’ve posted a weekly update on Colombia’s peace process, updated our tracker of border legislation to reflect the […]

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