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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November 2018

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 30, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Megan Specia, Rick Gladstone, “Border Agents Shot Tear Gas Into Mexico. Was It Legal?” (The New York Times, November 30, 2018). When the legality of the border episodes are in question, it can be difficult to hold people accountable within the United States Perla Trevizo, “Tucson […]

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The day ahead: November 30, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’m here in Washington and writing an internal memo about Colombia for much of the day, as well as preparing a presentation I’ll be giving in Bogotá next Wednesday.

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Links from the Past Month about “Soldiers as Police” in Latin America

El Salvador Juan Carlos Diaz, “FAES no reportó delitos en escuelas donde dio seguridad” (La Prensa Grafica (El Salvador), November 12, 2018). El comandante saliente de la sede militar de La Unión rindió un informe sobre las acciones ejecutadas por el personal a su cargo Vanessa Jurado, “Así será el despliegue de policías y militares […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 29, 2018 Argentina Cassandra Garrison, Matt Spetalnick, “China, Vying With U.S. in Latin America, Eyes Argentina Nuclear Deal” (Reuters, Reuters, November 29, 2018). Argentina and China are aiming to close a deal within days for the construction of the South American nation’s fourth nuclear power plant, a multi-billion dollar project Brazil […]

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The week ahead: In Bogotá, briefly

I flew down to Bogotá yesterday, arriving quite late last night. I’m here for a closed-door conference on post-conflict “stabilization” hosted by the UN Resident Coordinator’s office. I’m flying back overnight Tuesday, after some meetings with government officials. Of course, I haven’t finished preparing my presentation yet—but I’ve got most of today free, so that […]

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The day ahead: November 21, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) It’s the day before Thanksgiving, one of the principal holidays of the year in the United States. We’re celebrating with family here in the Washington area, so I’m not going anywhere today, the busiest travel day of the year. I’ll be in the office […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 20, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Robert Burns, “Pentagon: Troops at U.S. Border to Cost About $210 Million” (Associated Press, Time, November 20, 2018). The total includes $72 million for approximately 5,900 active-duty troops providing support to Customs and Border Protection, plus $138 million so far for 2,100 National Guard troops who […]

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The day ahead: November 20, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m meeting some grad students with a research project this morning, and having lunch with a professor at a local university whom I haven’t seen in a while. Otherwise, will be in the office, writing a Colombia update and an update about where things […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Gordon Adams, Isaiah Wilson Iii, Lawrence B. Wilkerson, “Trump’s Border Stunt Is a Profound Betrayal of Our Military” (The New York Times, November 19, 2018). They are not toy soldiers to be moved around by political leaders but a neutral institution, politically speaking Wesley Morgan, “Troops […]

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The day ahead: November 19, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) It’s the beginning of a week that will be truncated by the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, I fly down to Bogotá for a conference. Today, I’ve got the weekly staff meeting in the morning. After that I hope to record a podcast […]

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Corruption in Latin America: Links from the past month

Brazil Brian Winter, “Why Sergio Moro Took the Job – and Changed Car Wash Forever” (Americas Quarterly, November 5, 2018). The Sérgio Moro of 2018 does not suffer from amnesia. He simply concluded that the potential benefits of accepting the position outweigh the risks Central America Regional Victoria Sanford, “‘Criminals?’ Hardly. That’s Who the Caravan […]

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Five links from the past week

El Salvador Danielle Mackey, “What Happens When a Barrio 18 Soldier Tries to Leave the Gang” (The Intercept, November 16, 2018). There are an estimated 60,000 gang members in El Salvador. Benjamin knew many who wanted to leave, but they were afraid. He wanted to show them they could Brazil Ernesto Londono, “As Brazil’s Far […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 16, 2018 Central America Regional, Mexico – Karla Zabludovsky, “Mexicans Are Joining WhatsApp And Facebook Groups To Talk About How Much They Hate The Caravan” (BuzzFeed, November 16, 2018). Anti-immigrant sentiment is spreading through social media and spilling onto the streets of Tijuana as the caravan makes its final approach to the […]

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Video and Audio of “Uncertain Times: What Lies Ahead for Colombia?”

Last week I sat down with my WOLA colleague Gimena Sánchez and with Lisa Haugaard, director of the Latin America Working Group, to talk about the state of Colombia’s peace accord implementation. All three of us had done recent fieldwork there. WOLA has posted the video to YouTube, here and embedded below. If you prefer […]

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Downloadable video and audio of our October 16 conference

Last week, WOLA posted to YouTube the five-plus-hour video of our October 16 conference, “Staying on Course: Security, Coca, Justice, and Accord Implementation in Colombia.” There, you can see the entirety of the outstanding panels in which visiting experts from Colombia talked about transitional justice, coca, and the security situation. Note that it’s in both […]

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