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.

August 2018

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 16, 2018 Brazil Brazil: Murder of Indigenous Leader Highlights Threat to Way of Life, “Brazil: Murder of Indigenous Leader Highlights Threat to Way of Life” (Flávia Milhorance , The Guardian (Uk), August 16, 2018). Members of the tribe say his death was the result of a fierce conflict provoked by the […]

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The day ahead: August 16, 2018

I’ll only be reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ll be at a Colombia-related meeting this morning at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Then I have an errand (time to renew my driver’s license after 10 years). Then I’ll be in the office, writing about Colombia. I have to leave a bit early for […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 15, 2018 El Salvador Bryan Avelar, “A Former el Salvador President’s Story of How He Stole” (InsightCrime, August 15, 2018). Saca, who was arrested in 2016, had made a deal with the Attorney General’s Office: If he confessed, he would face a lighter sentence Guatemala Stephanie Leutert, “How a Crisis in […]

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The day ahead: August 15, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’m in the office again. Yesterday I finished a near-final draft of our third and final report on the state of the U.S.-Mexico border and migration, based on our June Arizona trip (here’s parts one and two). I’m sure colleagues here will suggest changes, then we’ll get […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 14, 2018 Argentina Horacio Jaunarena, “Falta Definir el Alcance del Apoyo de las Fuerzas Armadas a las de Seguridad” (Perfil (Argentina), August 14, 2018). La primera cuestión que debe definirse con precisión, ya que el decreto no la aborda, es qué significado y alcance tiene el concepto de “apoyo logístico” provisto […]

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The day ahead: August 14, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Other than a morning conversation with a reporter, I plan to be in the office writing all day, polishing our next report on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 13, 2018 Argentina Rut Diamint, “Faltan Mayores Precisiones en la Reforma Militar” (Clarin (Argentina), August 13, 2018). Las nuevas amenazas afectan especialmente algunas vulnerabilidades del Estado, ya sean estas deficiencias en los controles migratorios, la indulgencia ante tráficos ilegales, o la complicidad con actores violentos. Y ellas no se neutralizan con […]

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The day ahead: August 13, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning, in addition to the weekly staff meeting and check-ins, I need to fix an authentication glitch in the server running defenseoversight.wola.org, my database of things. Hopefully won’t take too long, but you never know. Otherwise, I want to edit and approve the […]

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The week ahead: August 13, 2018

With Congress (mostly) gone, universities out, and a fraction of people on vacation, August is one of the slowest times of the year in Washington, rivaled only by late December. It’s way easier to get a parking space, or a table in a restaurant, than it normally is. At work, it’s a good time to catch […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 10, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Gina Martinez, “More Than 500 Separated Children Remain in U.S. Custody” (Time, August 10, 2018). The Trump Administration said 386 children had not been reunited because their parents were “outside the U.S.” Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ellen Mitchell, “Mattis to Travel to South America to Meet […]

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Two speeches show the bipolar nature of Colombia’s new ruling party

Inauguration day in Colombia, August 7, will be remembered for two speeches that left observers scratching their heads about what direction the new government of President Iván Duque will take the country. Duque gave an hourlong speech listing dozens of policy priorities. There were so many, it was hard to pick out those he viewed […]

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