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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April 2019

The day ahead: April 25, 2019

I’ll be difficult to contact today. (How to contact me) I’ll barely be in the office today: I’ve got a meeting to talk about the border with a congressional staffer, a long mid-day meeting to help choose a human rights award nominee, and an afternoon medical appointment for my daughter.

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The day ahead: April 24, 2019

I’m in the office from late morning until end of day. (How to contact me) I’m home in the morning, at my computer while repair work gets done on our house. Other than a lunch with the interns and a meeting with some Colombians brought up by a State Department visitors’ program, I’ll be in […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alfredo Corchado, “‘This Is All One Big Lie.’ Why This Migrant Just Wishes He Could Go Home” (The Dallas Morning News, April 23, 2019). The America they were told about was a lie. They were not welcomed with open arms Jean Guerrero, “The Border Realities Beneath […]

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The day ahead: April 23, 2019

I’ll be around, but writing, in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got a call with an NGO colleague, a dentist appointment, and a mid-day interview on CNN Español to talk about border militias. Then about four hours at my desk this afternoon, where I hope to work on one of four different writing […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 22, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Angela Kocherga, “Most of Trump ‘Emergency’ Wall Goes Through Nm” (The Albuquerque Journal, April 22, 2019). The Trump administration’s declaration calls for $1 billion being diverted from military projects to build 57 miles of bollard barriers, with 46 of those miles in New Mexico’s Doña Ana […]

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The day ahead: April 22, 2019

I’ll be reachable for much of the afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning I’m guest-teaching a class at American University and participating in WOLA’s weekly staff meeting. Other than a couple of phone calls in the early afternoon, I plan to be in the office writing; I now have a few active projects running […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Thursday, April 25 8:30–10:30 at the Notre Dame University Keogh School: Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis and Struggle for Democracy (RSVP required). 9:00 at the Atlantic Council: Venezuela After Maduro: A Vision for the Country’s Future (RSVP required). Friday, April 26 8:30–10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Institutions for Productivity: Towards a Better Business Environment in Latin America […]

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The trashing of a once useful State Department report

Every March, the State Department publishes an annual report, required by law, providing a global survey of what countries around the world are doing to reduce supply and demand for illicit drugs. The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) is a bit of a drug-war relic, but it contains a lot of information unavailable elsewhere, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 19, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Manny Fernandez, “One of the Deadliest Places on the Southwest Border” (The New York Times, April 19, 2019). Since January 2009, the bodies or skeletal remains of 642 migrants have been discovered in Brooks County Simon Romero, “Militia in New Mexico Detains Asylum Seekers at Gunpoint” […]

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The day ahead: April 19, 2019

I’m off today. (How to contact me) As the child of a mixed marriage with two religious traditions, it’s always nice when Passover and Easter coincide. Even better when it’s on a weekend. I’ve got family showing up this afternoon, and will not be available for work-related stuff today. Have a good holiday.

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