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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March 2019

Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, April 1 2:00–3:00 at the Wilson Center: A Conversation with Congressman Michael McCaul (RSVP required). 3:00–4:30 at WOLA: Violence, Crime, and Governance in Colombia’s Borderlands (RSVP required). Tuesday, April 2 8:30–9:30 at the Wilson Center: Strengthening Counter-Narcotics Cooperation with Mexico and Central America: A Conversation with Senator John Cornyn (RSVP required). Thursday, April 4 […]

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Can Trump really stop all aid to Central America? Yes, but not really.

The New York Times reports: The State Department issued a statement late on Friday saying: “At the secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the president’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle. We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.” I’m not a lawyer, and […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 29, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional D. Parvaz, “Pentagon Officials Struggle to Explain Diverted Funding for Trump’s Border Wall” (ThinkProgress, March 29, 2019). The Pentagon notified Congress Monday night that it authorized the reallocation of $1 billion in department funding to be used for new wall construction — but at the same […]

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The day ahead: March 29, 2019

I’ll be around in the afternoon. (How to contact me) The last two days were so activity-filled that I haven’t even posted news links to this site. Today is less frantic: just a meeting with a new congressional office in the morning, and I’ll be at my desk the rest of the day. I hope […]

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The day ahead: March 28, 2019

I should be reachable in the morning and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m giving a talk to a Defense Department audience today about Colombia. In the morning, I’ll be at home, locking in meetings for my next border trip (less than 2 weeks) and doing some research about the ongoing wave of family […]

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The day ahead: March 27, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach in the afternoon, OK in the morning. (How to contact me) In addition to two meetings in Congress, I got a lot of writing done yesterday. I’ve got a bit more this morning—I need to finish preparing a presentation about Colombia to give tomorrow to a government audience. Then I’m […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 26, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Emily Cochrane, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, “With Override Vote Coming, Congress Examines Military Cuts That Will Fund Wall” (The New York Times, March 26, 2019). This time, on the veto override, their appeal is more parochial: Look where the wall money will come from T. Christian Miller, “If […]

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The day ahead: March 26, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the morning and mid-day. (How to contact me) It was worthwhile talking about the border with some new congressional offices yesterday. We have two more meetings this afternoon. Before then, I’ll be finishing an internal memo about Colombia, setting up meetings for me border trip in two weeks, and putting together […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 25, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Robert Moore, “Border Patrol Inland Checkpoints Shut Down So Agents Can Help Process Asylum Seekers” (Texas Monthly, March 25, 2019). “It’s really out of control. It’s bad,” said one official of the surge in families streaming across the border Molly Hennessy-Fiske, “Trump Says Barbed Wire ‘Can […]

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The day ahead: March 25, 2019

I’ll be sort of reachable mid-day and late afternoon. (How to contact me) We’ve scheduled four meetings with different House offices to talk about border, migration, and foreign aid issues. When not in those meetings, I plan to be preparing my next border trip (two weeks from today) and writing a memo about Colombia.

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, March 26 8:30–2:30 at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies: Hemispheric Forum: Security in the Western Hemisphere (RSVP required). 10:00 in Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building: Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade Subcommittee on Understanding Odebrecht: Lessons for Combating Corruption in the Americas. 10:00 in Room […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 22, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Molly o’toole, “Marine Corps Commandant Says Deploying Troops to the Border Poses ‘Unacceptable Risk’” (The Los Angeles Times, March 22, 2019). Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), vice chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said Neller’s memos showed the danger in diverting Pentagon funds to build Trump’s […]

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The day ahead: March 22, 2019

I’m all booked up today. (How to contact me) I’m guest-teaching a human rights class at the National Defense University’s Perry Center this morning. Then I’m meeting a group of students whom I’ve been advising on a year-long project. Then meeting a colleague works at a foundation. Then meeting a visiting European scholar. I’ll be […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 21, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Amanda Holpuch, Lauren Aratani, “Alarm Over Leaked Us Database Targeting Journalists and Immigration Activists” (The Guardian (Uk), March 21, 2019). The debate about immigrants’ rights, about the treatment of immigrants, about the treatment of asylum seekers, is going to be suppressed or censored Elliot Spagat, “New […]

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The day ahead: March 21, 2019

I’m more available in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m meeting with colleagues from a big migrant-rights group this morning. Then, because of a cancellation, I have a pretty open calendar in the afternoon. Which is good because I need to finish a presentation about Colombia that I’ll be giving at the National Defense […]

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