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.

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April 2018

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 30, 2018 Bolivia Juliana Barbassa, “Thanks, but Goodbye: Why Many of Evo Morales’ Supporters Want Him to Move On” (Americas Quarterly, April 30, 2018). It was as affectionate as it was clear: “Que descanse.” Let him rest. Let someone else have a chance to govern Brazil Julia Michaels, “Crooked Rio” (Rio […]

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The day ahead: April 30, 2018

I’ll be hard to reach all day. (How to contact me) A full day of meetings. Internal staff meetings at WOLA all morning. Then the committee that chooses the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award meets mid-day to select this year’s winners. Then there’s a discussion with a visiting Colombia peace process monitor […]

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The week ahead

I’m in Washington all five days this week, with a pretty heavy schedule of meetings and events on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. On one of the other days (probably Thursday) I hope to go off the grid and do a large amount of writing. On Friday I’m a panelist at a closed-door State Department discussion […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, April 30, 2018 9:00–10:30 at the Atlantic Council: “Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis: Searching for Relief” (RSVP required). 2:30–5:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: “Dialogue with the Candidates for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights” (RSVP required). Tuesday, May 1, 2018 8:40–10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: “Preparing Effective School Leaders: Lessons from Argentina” (RSVP required). Wednesday, May […]

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Coca in Colombia: what are the options?

Revised 9:00AM on 4/29/18: I added two more options to the table based on a suggestion from Twitter user @gabrielvc. Colombia’s government, faced with record-high levels of coca cultivation, is considering using drones to spray herbicides over the fields. This is less indiscriminate and risky to public health than spraying from aircraft, a program the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 27, 2018 Brazil “Report: Violence in Rio Rises Since Military Intervention” (Associated Press, The Washington Post, April 27, 2018). Over the next two months, the number of shootouts rose to 1,502 Colombia Helen Murphy, Luis Jaime Acosta, “Colombia Struggles as Other Armed Groups Seize Farc Rackets, Territory” (Reuters **, April 27, […]

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Use of Deadly Force in Toronto, and At the Border

Watch this New York Times explainer video showing Toronto Police Constable Ken Lam de-escalating a situation, avoiding the use of deadly force, as he singlehandedly arrests Alek Minassian, the driver of a van that ran over dozens of pedestrians on April 24. Then contrast it to the 2012 shooting of a Mexican 16-year-old through the […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(Still catching up. This is the week of April 8-14. But this synopsis of the Santrich case is still worth your time, there’s no similar synthesis out there in English.) FARC Leader Jesús Santrich Arrested, May Be Extradited On the evening of April 9, police arrested demobilized FARC leader Seuxis Pausivas Hernández, alias “Jesús Santrich,” […]

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The day ahead: April 27, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) I’ll be writing all morning, both at home and in the office, about Colombia. In the afternoon I’ve got some internal meetings at WOLA, and will attend a memorial service at Georgetown University for Marc Chernick, who taught me so much about Colombia since I […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 26, 2018 Colombia Adam Isacson, “Colombia’s Grade on Implementing the Farc Peace Deal So Far Is a C-Minus” (World Politics Review, April 26, 2018). There’s a big gap between devising a perfect plan and actually implementing that plan Adam Taylor, “He Was Linked to War Crimes. Now He’s Colombia’s Ambassador in […]

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April 26, 2018, 12:01 PM

The Pan-American Health Organization headquarters, plunked down on a little-noticed spot near the State Department, is like a little slice of 1960 Brasília in the middle of Washington DC.

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The day ahead: April 26, 2018

I’ll be mostly hard to contact today. (How to contact me) Sort of a busy day today. In the morning I’m at a book launch for a longtime colleague at George Washington University. In the afternoon, I’m helping with a discussion at USIP with some visitors who work with human rights defenders and conflict victims […]

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Colombia’s Grade on Implementing the FARC Peace Deal So Far Is a C Minus

Published this evening at World Politics Review: Harsh perhaps, but sadly true: Colombia is dropping the ball badly on implementing the FARC peace accord. Its 1,300 words are behind a paywall. Here’s a sample: On reintegration of ex-fighters: Incredibly, to this day the implementation process is still missing one of its most essential elements: a written plan […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 25, 2018 Bolivia Coletta Youngers, Kathryn Ledebur, “Promoting Gender-Sensitive Drug Policies in Bolivia” (Washington Office on Latin America, April 25, 2018). These gender-focused initiatives, paired with poverty reduction and increased state support for mothers, contributed to an 84 percent decrease in the number of women incarcerated for drug offenses between 2012 […]

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Amazing poster from Nicaragua’s protests

As a young man, illegitimately elected Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega overthrew dynastic dictator Anastasio Somoza. As an old man, Daniel resembles Tacho II more than he differs from him.

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