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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May 2019

The day ahead: May 31, 2019

I’m off today. (How to contact me) I’m taking the day off, the first one in weeks after a lot of travel. I look forward to catching up on sleep, laundry, and perhaps even this website. I’ll be back at work on Monday.

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The day ahead: May 30, 2019

I’m around in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got four meetings on the schedule today—a journalist, an internal management meeting, a former executive-branch official and a new legislative-branch staffer. When not in those meetings—mainly, during lunch hour and just afterward—I’ll be in the office trying to respond to communications that went unanswered, […]

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The day ahead: May 29, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’m in an all-day workshop about Venezuela at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and don’t expect to be in my office at all.

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The day ahead: May 28, 2019

I’m around in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) After 15 days in Colombia, at an off-site office retreat, in Mexico City, and in Boston, I’m back in Washington. Got home at 9:00 last night, missing the holiday weekend. Today, I’m in the office with a staff meeting, a dentist appointment, and 322 e-mails […]

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It’s possible that 15% of the FARC have re-armed

Note as of June 5: Kyle Johnson at the International Crisis Group reminds me that several hundred of the FARC dissidents never demobilized in the first place: they “went dissident” even before the peace accord was signed. So although this is all very inexact, my estimate here should probably be closer to 10 percent of […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 13, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Dan Lamothe, “Pentagon Will Pull Money From Ballistic Missile and Surveillance Plane Programs to Fund Border Wall” (The Washington Post, May 13, 2019). The Pentagon has justified the reprogramming for the border wall by shifting the funding to a Defense Department counterdrug effort Helene Cooper, “Pentagon […]

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The day ahead: May 13, 2019

I’m in meetings, then on planes, all day. (How to contact me) I’m very happy to be going back to Colombia today. I’m less happy that I’ll only going to have about 36 non-airport hours in Bogotá on this trip. It’s a meeting about the Colombia-Venezuela situation organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which promises […]

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Duque Has Left Colombia’s Peace Process Rudderless

Here, posted to World Politics Review on Wednesday, is a look at where the ongoing drama over implementing Colombia’s peace accord stands right now. Consider it an update to this site’s April 29 “Big JEP vote in Colombia’s Senate” post. The outcome of that vote was confusing and full of the procedural legalisms in which […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 10, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Molly Hennessy-Fiske, “Arizona Tribe Refuses Trump’s Wall, but Agrees to Let Border Patrol Build Virtual Barrier” (The Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2019). The wall he described was not physical, but virtual: 10 towers up to 140 feet tall, with radar and night vision cameras capable […]

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The day ahead: May 10, 2019

I’ll be reachable mid-day and late afternoon. (How to contact me) That was a nice event yesterday, and I’ll post the students’ papers, pending their permission, when they’re complete. Today will be my last full day in the office until May 28. I’m going to speak at a conference in Colombia, attend WOLA’s annual staff […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 9, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Emily Cochrane, “Pentagon Has Redirected Money to Build 256 Miles of Border Barriers, Shanahan Says” (The New York Times, May 9, 2019). The Pentagon has redirected enough money to build 256 miles of barriers along the southwestern border, including 63 miles within six months, the acting […]

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The day ahead: May 9, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) This afternoon I’m hosting an event at WOLA for a group of University of Maryland graduate students whose work on civil-military relations in Latin America I’ve been accompanying since September. Before that, we’re going to the National Defense University to discuss their findings. After that […]

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