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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October 2018

The day ahead: October 16, 2018

I’ll be very hard to reach through the end of Thursday. (How to contact me) We’re putting on a big conference about Colombia today, and I’ll be accompanying our group of visitors on Wednesday and Thursday. That means this website won’t be updated, and I’ll be hard to reach. I hope all goes well, and will […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 15, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ron Nixon, “U.S. Border Agency Says Hundreds of Employees Have Been Arrested Over 2 Years” (The New York Times, October 15, 2018). More than 500 employees of the United States’ primary border security agency were charged with drug trafficking, accepting bribes and a range of other […]

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The day ahead: October 15, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) We’re putting on a big Colombia conference tomorrow, and our guests arrive this afternoon and evening. Most of the day will be spent preparing for that; we want to put on a good show tomorrow. First, though, I’m in internal WOLA meetings until lunchtime.

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The week ahead

Eight guests from Colombia are arriving in Washington today. We’re putting on a big conference with them tomorrow, and have some side meetings around town on Wednesday and Thursday. That makes for a full schedule. This site will go semi-dormant this week, because I won’t be sitting at a computer keyboard very often.

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Weekly Update #8 is out

Here’s the latest. A conference announcement and lots of other events in town. A Colombia peace update. Links about what’s been going on with Latin American civil-military relations. Music recommendations, and links to some great writing by others. To get these in your e-mail, just add your name and e-mail here, and look for the […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, October 15, 2018 9:30–10:30 at the Wilson Center: The Future of Argentina: A Conversation with Sergio Massa (RSVP required). 11:00–1:00 at the Wilson Center: Colombian Private Sector Commitment in Rural Conflict Areas (RSVP required). Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:30–4:00 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Staying on Course: Security, Coca, Justice, and Accord […]

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Five links from the past week

Brazil Vincent Bevins, “Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Would-Be Dictator” (The New York Review of Books, October 12, 2018). Bolsonaro’s ideology is best understood as Operation Condor plus the Internet Guatemala Alberto Pradilla, “El Gobierno Mintio: Hubo Orden Directa para Que los J–8 Patrullaran la Cicig y las Embajadas de ee.uu. Y Mexico” (Plaza Publica (Guatemala), October […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(Week of September 30-October 6) Prosecutor’s Office Raids Transitional Justice System Headquarters On the afternoon of October 4 agents of Colombia’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalía, which investigates and prosecutes crimes in the regular criminal justice system) showed up at the offices of the new, separate transitional justice system created by the peace accords (Special Peace […]

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Civil-military relations in Latin America: links from the past month

Brazil “Brazil’s Authoritarian Without an Army” (The Economist (Uk), October 11, 2018). Soldiers are not itching for power. More likely, they would restrain Jair Bolsonaro David Noriega, “Brazilian Politics Is Backsliding Toward Militarism, and the Presidential Election Could Make It Worse” (VICE, October 5, 2018). Though Brazil has always had ultra-nationalist hardliners, what makes this […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 12, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Erica Werner, Josh Dawsey, “Republicans Promise Post-Midterm Fight to Fund Trump’s Border Wall” (The Washington Post, October 12, 2018). GOP leaders now face the possibility of emerging empty-handed from the fight they postponed. They don’t have enough votes in the Senate to push through a big […]

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The day ahead: October 12, 2018

I’m in meetings nearly all day. (How to contact me) Several representatives of USAID’s Colombia mission are in town for a day of consultations with civil society (that’s us). That ends mid-afternoon, after which I’ll be doing preparatory work for Tuesday’s big Colombia conference and meeting with a visiting UN human rights official.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 11, 2018 supuesta “campaña de falsedades” que “adelanta Colombia” y Estados Unidos Western Hemisphere Regional Adolfo Flores, “The Us Is Set to Deport Witnesses Who Dispute the Border Patrol’s Version of a Fatal Shooting” (BuzzFeed, October 11, 2018). The migrant men have told authorities there was no attack on the agent […]

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The day ahead: October 11, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the mid- and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I have a full complement of meetings, calls, and interviews until mid-afternoon, after which I’ll mainly be helping prepare for the arrival of the large group of Colombian colleagues who’ll be here next week to participate in a conference and lots of side […]

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