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

The day ahead: January 18, 2018

I’ll be out of contact nearly all day. (How to contact me) I have a day of meetings with USAID officials to learn about their ongoing “helping Colombia’s government establish itself in former conflict zones” program. In a future post here, I’ll talk about the evaluation of this program that I’m helping to carry out. No […]

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The day ahead: January 17, 2018

I’m especially hard to contact today due to a full schedule of meetings. (How to contact me) I’m in meetings for 12 hours today, between WOLA’s planning process and preparations for an upcoming evaluation of a USAID program in Colombia. Any writing or posting here today will have to happen later at night, if at all.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 16, 2018 Colombia Jeremy Mcdermott, “Gamechangers 2017: Is Colombia’s Farc Really Gone?” (InsightCrime, January 16, 2018). We believe that well within 20 years from today the drug trade will be dominated by a mafia run by former members of the FARC “La Primera Sala Plena de la Jep” (El Espectador (Colombia), […]

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The day ahead: January 16, 2018

I’m somewhat reachable in the latter half of the afternoon. (How to contact me) WOLA’s beginning-of-year planning process is occupying half the day today and tomorrow. Today I’m explaining, and listening to suggestions about, the current moment in my program. (My presentation draws in part on a late-December post here.) I have a lunch with […]

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The Week Ahead

There is almost no time during the next four days when I won’t be in a meeting. WOLA’s annual planning process is in full swing. At the same time, I’m in a series of initial meetings for a project that will have me in Colombia for the entire month of February: I’m on a team […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Wednesday, January 17 9:00–12:30 at the Wilson Center: A Decisive Year in Brazil: Speaker Rodrigo Maia and Experts to Address Crucial Choices Facing the Country in 2018 (RSVP required). Thursday, January 18 9:00–10:30 at the Wilson Center: A Critical Juncture: Public Opinion and U.S.-Mexico Relations (RSVP required). 10:00 in Room 210, House Visitor Center: Hearing […]

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Last week in Colombia’s peace process

I’d like to post these all year without missing a week. Travel plans may complicate that, but I’m going to try. ELN ceasefire breaks off For 102 days, while peace talks proceeded in Quito, the Colombian government and ELN guerrillas mostly honored a cessation of hostilities. That period saw 33 possible ceasefire violations committed by […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 15, 2018 Colombia Nelson Ricardo Matta Colorado, “El Desafio Que Traen las Bandas para 2018” (El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), January 15, 2018). Los documentos, conocidos por EL COLOMBIANO, clasificaron a estas organizaciones en tres tipos Sergio Jaramillo, “La Inclusion Politica Garantiza Que No se Repita la Violencia” (El Tiempo (Colombia), January […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 12, 2018 Chile Felipe Lagos, “U.S. and Chilean Special Forces Poised for Regional Challenges” (Revista Dialogo (U.S. Southern Command), January 12, 2018). The exercise—second to happen on U.S. soil—took place from October 18th–November 3rd, 2017, in several training camps Pascale Bonnefoy, “Pope Faces Turmoil in Chile Over Indigenous Group and Sex […]

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The day ahead: January 12, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) With all my WOLA planning documents drafted, today I expect to update our tracker of what’s up with border legislation (a lot, but it changes constantly) and post an update here about Colombia’s peace process. Both topics need research. So I’ll be at a computer […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 11, 2018 Colombia Laura Soto, “El Tiempo Corre en Contra de Naranjo en Tumaco” (La Silla Vacia (Colombia), January 11, 2018). Este lunes comenzó en firme la Operación Atlas lanzada por el gobierno en octubre para contrarrestar la violencia en Tumaco con la llegada de dos mil uniformados del Ejército, la […]

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The day ahead: January 11, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Following a Brookings event about border security, I’ll be in the office all day. Much of my time will be devoted to finishing WOLA planning documents ahead of a Friday deadline. But if all goes well I’ll have time to post an update to […]

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