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.

April 2018

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 24, 2018 Central America Regional, Mexico “Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on Central American ‘Caravan’” (Department of Homeland Security, April 24, 2018). For those seeking asylum, all individuals may be detained while their claims are adjudicated efficiently and expeditiously, and those found not to have a claim will be promptly removed […]

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The day ahead: April 24, 2018

I’ll only be reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m spending the morning at a Colombia conference that George Mason University is putting on. In the afternoon I have calls with congressional staff and some local university researchers. During the latter part of the afternoon I’ll be in the office writing.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 23, 2018 Central America Regional Caitlin Dickerson, “Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border” (The New York Times, April 23, 2018). New data reviewed by The New York Times shows that more than 700 children have been taken from adults claiming to be their parents since […]

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The day ahead: April 23, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) Spent the weekend knocking out a “final final” draft of an evaluation of a USAID project in Colombia, responding to reviewers’ comments. The morning will be spent in internal meetings—the weekly staff meeting and a follow-on discussion of our communications strategy. In the afternoon, […]

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The Week Ahead

Again, I’m in Washington all week, this time with a lighter meeting schedule. Which means it’s time to catch up for real on writing. First order of business is backlogged Colombia peace process updates for the month of April. Second is to pay more attention to this site. I also expect to prepare a Colombia […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, April 23 5:00 in room 419, Dirksen Senate Office Building: Business meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “to consider the nomination of Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State, and routine lists in the Foreign Service”. Tuesday, April 24 9:00-10:00 at the Wilson Center: Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with […]

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The day ahead: April 20, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) I’m talking to a border-area journalist in the late morning, then headed to a meeting with a Colombia-based international organization official in the early afternoon. Taking my excellent intern out to coffee in the mid-afternoon (it’s her last day, and she did a great […]

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The day ahead: April 19, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day, but trying to get some work done. (How to contact me) Today’s a quieter day: for the first time all week, I’ll have more than a couple of minutes at a computer keyboard, without racing to meet a deadline. (Incidentally, today is only quiet because I’ve aggressively steered […]

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The day ahead: April 18, 2018

I’ll be hard to contact today. (How to contact me) This morning I’m finishing a brief article about Colombia for another publication, probably working at home. I’ll have a late-morning phone conversation with a journalist about Colombia, then I’m going to USCIS to brief a group of refugee officers, again about Colombia. Later in the […]

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The day ahead: April 17, 2018

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) This morning I’m working on a WOLA planning document, then headed to the US Institute of Peace for a discussion of how Colombia’s peace process is going. I then need to prepare a presentation I’ll be making tomorrow for USCIS refugee officers who work on […]

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The Day Ahead: April 16, 2018

I’ll be difficult to contact today. (How to contact me) I’ve got a weekly staff meeting in the morning. Then, in the afternoon, two calls scheduled with journalists, a call with State Department officials about an upcoming Colombia talk, and a call with USAID about Colombia. That will consume most of the day.

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The week ahead

I’m in Washington all five days this week, for a change. (Last week I spent Wednesday and Thursday in Orlando, at a very good workshop on military assistance hosted by the University of Central Florida. Then I spent the entire weekend in New York visiting family.) As of now, I’ve got about 16 hours of […]

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The day ahead: April 10, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) No meetings today, which is good because I’m running behind on work and leaving town tomorrow, briefly, to talk at a conference in Orlando on Thursday. I expect to finish the day with edits to a draft funding proposal, a new Colombia update posted here […]

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The day ahead: April 6, 2018

I’m most available in the last half of the afternoon. (How to contact me) Well this has been a busy week, hasn’t it. Lots of media and Twitter activity, and some WOLA memos, responding to Trump’s border moves. An op-ed in the New York Times. And a series of meetings at State and USAID to discuss […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 3, 2018 Brazil Sam Cowie, “Brazil Court to Rule on Former President Lula’s Jail Term” (The Guardian (Uk), April 3, 2018). If Lula is jailed, his supporters will cry political persecution; if not, his detractors will allege corruption Central America Regional, Mexico Karla Zabludovsky, “Other Migrant Groups Warned Against The “Caravan” […]

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