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

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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 8, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Miroff, “U.S. Asylum Screeners to Take More Confrontational Approach as Trump Aims to Turn More Migrants Away at the Border” (The Washington Post, May 8, 2019). The new guidelines and directive to asylum officers are among the most significant steps the administration has taken to […]

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The day ahead: May 8, 2019

I’m writing, but should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Nothing on the calendar today. I’ll be writing at home in the morning, and writing in the office in the afternoon.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 7, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rafael Carranza, “Local Governments at U.S. Border Weigh Using Taxpayer Funds to Help Migrant Families” (The Arizona Republic, May 7, 2019). As nonprofits struggle to house and care for the number of families released border-wide, city, county and even state governments are starting to take a […]

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The day ahead: May 7, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Other than a couple of meetings in the mid-afternoon, I should be in the office writing as much as possible.

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