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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July 2018

10 days of vacation

Saturday the 28th through Monday the 6th: I’m going (mostly) offline. My wife had a milestone birthday earlier in the year, and we decided to celebrate it with a family trip to Great Britain, a country that neither of us knows well. If I’m vacationing properly, posts to this site and elsewhere will be infrequent […]

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Who are Colombia’s “Black Eagles?”

“The weeks following the [June 17] elections witnessed an upsurge in killings of social leaders,” reads last Friday’s UN Secretary-General report on Colombia. The killings have come alongside an even larger wave of death threats sent to political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and social leaders in just about every corner of the country. Often, […]

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The day ahead: July 26, 2018

I’m most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) I’ll be at the State Department for a while this afternoon for a regular NGO check-in on Colombia’s human rights situation. And I’ll end the workday early to bid farewell to Sebastián Bernal, our stalwart program assistant on WOLA’s Colombia Program, who is leaving us for grad […]

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The day ahead: July 25, 2018

I’m in and out of meetings all day. (How to contact me) Having lunch with a journalist, a dentist appointment in the afternoon, and various office check-ins. Also, I’m going away for 10 days’ vacation starting Saturday and am realizing there’s a lot of small commitments to nail down between now and then. All of […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

Last Week in Colombia’s Peace Process (Week of July 1-7) Social Leader Killings Begin Getting Mass Attention At least four local social movement leaders were killed during the week: Felicinda Santamaría in Quibdó, Chocó Luis Barrios in Palmar de Varela, Atlántico Margarita Estupiñán in Tumaco, Nariño Ana María Cortés in Cáceres, Antioquia The latter two […]

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The day ahead: July 24, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) It’s my one day of the week with no meetings or events (though I’ll have an eye on today’s House hearing about the National Guard deployment at the border). I plan to do a lot of writing about Colombia and catching up on smaller […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 23, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Esther J. Cepeda, “‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy Doesn’t Deter Immigrants Seeking Safety” (The Houston Chronicle, July 23, 2018). It’s no wonder — the violence and lack of economic opportunity in those countries is incomprehensible to those familiar with the kind of grinding, but ultimately survivable, poverty in the […]

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The day ahead: July 23, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) After a morning staff meeting, lunch with a Colombian human rights expert, and coffee with a colleague who works on refugee issues, I’ll be finishing edits on our next report about the border and working on an (overdue) Colombia news update.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 20, 2018 Colombia Alex Diamond, “Murder in Colombia’s Peace Laboratory/ Homicidio en el Laboratorio de Paz Colombiano” (NACLA, July 20, 2018). Colombian campesinos in Briceño, Antioquia have voluntarily uprooted their coca plants in exchange for government support to grow new crops. But with much aid delayed, the local economy has collapsed […]

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The day ahead: July 20, 2018

I’ll be intermittently reachable throughout the day. (How to contact me) Today’s my first day all week without either a full calendar or an immediate deadline. We’re meeting this morning to finalize the second installment of the border report we posted on Monday. Other than a quick press interview with a Colombian outlet, I’m in the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Valencia, Ray Sanchez, Tal Kopan, “Trump’s Immigration Policies Were Supposed to Make the Border Safer. Experts Say the Opposite Is Happening.” (CNN, July 19, 2018). “Ironically, these policies that claim to be trying to clamp down and secure the border and stop smuggling and stop […]

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Video: Hearing on “Peace and Victims’ Rights in Colombia”

Here’s video, and here’s my written testimony, from this morning’s hearing about “Peace and Victims’ Rights in Colombia” in the House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. It was a great hearing, featuring three social leaders working on the front lines of peace accord implementation and inclusion in Colombia. My role was to talk […]

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Video: “The Origins of Cocaine” book event

Here is video of yesterday afternoon’s WOLA event with Paul Gootenberg and Liliana Dávalos of Stony Brook University. They’re the editors of The Origins of Cocaine, a new book that finds a striking overlap between today’s South American coca-growing areas and the zones where governments carried out failed development and colonization projects 50 years ago. […]

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The day ahead: July 19, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m testifying this morning at a hearing about Colombia in the House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. I’ll be alongside three human rights defenders from Colombia, who deserve the spotlight. In the afternoon, I’ll be catching up on overdue correspondence and editing the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 18, 2018 Colombia Rachel Nuwer, “The Daunting, Dangerous Task of Unearthing Colombia’s Landmines” (Nova Next, PBS, July 18, 2018). Mine detection technologies have progressed very little since they were first developed in the aftermath of World War II and are still almost primarily based on metal detection Stephanie Nolen, “Life After […]

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