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

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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WOLA Podcast on Guatemala’s “backlash of the corrupt”

Only a few years ago, Guatemala was making historic gains in its fight against corruption and human rights abuse. Since then, the country has suffered a severe backlash. A “pact of the corrupt” in Guatemala’s ruling elite keeps pushing legislation that would terminate trials and investigations for war crimes and corruption. A U.S.-backed UN prosecutorial […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 20, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rebekah Entralgo, “The Pentagon Can’t Explain Where $2.5 Billion in Border Wall Funding Is Coming From” (ThinkProgress, March 20, 2019). Trump announced that in addition to diverting money from the military reconstruction budget, he would also take $2.5 billion from the Pentagon’s counter-drug funding. But as […]

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The day ahead: March 20, 2019

I’m working on deadlines and will be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ll be in the office this morning recording a new podcast. Then I’m going to head home, shut the door to my home office, and work on a list of things that are due soon: a talk I’m giving at […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 19, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Molly o’toole, Sarah D. Wire, “Pentagon Discloses Military Projects in California That It Could Tap for Trump’s Wall” (The Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2019). “Now that members of Congress can see the potential impact this proposal could have on projects in their home states, I […]

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The day ahead: March 19, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m guest-teaching a longtime colleague’s class at George Washington University today, talking about Colombia. Later, there’s a meeting of NGOs working on Colombia. Otherwise, I’ll be preparing my next border field-research trip, preparing a lecture I’m giving at the National Defense University Friday, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 18, 2019 Argentina Pablo Corso Heduan, “Destinan Mas de Us$ 600 Millones para el Ejercito en el Ano Electoral” (Perfil (Argentina), March 18, 2019). Con la mira puesta en las elecciones de octubre, Mauricio Macri reforzó al Ejército con una millonaria inversión en equipamiento militar para la lucha contra el narcotráfico […]

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The day ahead: March 18, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m recording an interview first thing in the morning for a radio show at Colombia’s National University. After that, I have more than 3 hours of internal meetings. (I should buy an extra memory-foam cushion for my chair, because I won’t be getting out of […]

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Latin America-Related Events in Washington This Week

Monday, March 18, 2019 12:00–1:30 at American University: Wartime Sexual Violence in El Salvador: the El Mozote Case (RSVP required). 12:00–1:30 at the Institute for Policy Studies: Brown Bag: Activists & Poets Against Walls. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 8:30–11:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Buying Votes and Lining Pockets: Venezuela’s Petro-Diplomacy (RSVP required). 9:00–11:00 at the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 15, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Erica Werner, John Wagner, Seung Min Kim, “Senate Votes to Reject Trump’s Emergency Declaration, Setting Up President’s First Veto” (The Washington Post, March 15, 2019). The disapproval resolution passed the House last month, so the 59-to-41 Senate vote will send the measure to the president’s desk. […]

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The day ahead: March 15, 2019

I’m out in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) Other than lunch with a longtime colleague in Congress, I’m in the office with a long to-do list, as I haven’t been able to do as much writing this week as I’d hoped. I’m also going back to the border in just over 3 weeks, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 14, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Li Zhou, “If Congress Votes to Block Trump’s Emergency, It Could Be Used Against Him in Court” (Vox, March 14, 2019). The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on the resolution to terminate the emergency. It’s a move set to have far-reaching political and legal implications […]

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