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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June 2019

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 18, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Priscilla Alvarez, Geneva Sands, “Trump Admin Considers Temporary Courts Along the Southern Border” (CNN, June 18, 2019). Site assessments have been completed for almost all the ports of entry to determine where such temporary immigration courts, described by sources as “soft-sided,” would be needed Colombia Tatiana […]

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The day ahead: June 18, 2019

I’m around from late morning to late afternoon. Then I’m gone for the rest of the week. (How to contact me) I go to the airport late afternoon—I’ll be in the UK for a Wilton Park conference on “stabilization” (getting government and services into territory) in Colombia. I’ll be away for the rest of the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 17, 2019 Colombia Joe Parkin Daniels, “Journalist Finally Brings Attackers to Justice but Warns: ‘Colombia’s Sliding Backwards’” (The Guardian (Uk), June 17, 2019). “When you see social leaders threatened, when you hear women threatened with rape if they don’t shut up, when you see journalists attacked for not toeing the government […]

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The day ahead: June 17, 2019

I’m around in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m off to the UK tomorrow afternoon for a Colombia conference, so today will be my only full day in Washington this week. After the weekly morning staff meeting, I’ll be at my desk taking care of a list of smaller tasks that must get done […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, June 18 1:00–3:00 at WOLA: Cuban Women’s Voices in a Changing Economy and Society (RSVP required). Wednesday, June 19 10:30 in Room 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building: Hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Full Committee Markup of the Emergency Border Supplemental. 12:30–1:30 at the Newseum: Turned Away: No Refuge for People Forced From […]

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Video of my long talk, in Mexico, about “militaries as police”

Many thanks to Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana, who along with several other groups organized a May 21-22 conference in Mexico City on the need for civilians to be in charge of security, at a time when it is militarizing throughout Latin America. They asked me to give a talk about citizen security and the military’s involvement, […]

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My notes from Monday’s talk at the Kroc Institute’s Colombia peace conference

I enjoyed participating in a June 10 panel discussion at a seminar in Washington, “The Colombian peace process after two years,” hosted by Notre Dame University’s Kroc Institute for International Affairs. Colombia’s 2016 peace accord gives this Institute, which maintains a database of worldwide peace processes, a formal role in monitoring the accord’s implementation. I […]

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The day ahead: June 13, 2019

I’m in meetings except for mid-day and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m guest-teaching a class at the Foreign Service Institute this morning. Then I have a telephone interview with a reporter, and I’ll be taking part in an NGO meeting with a Colombian government official in the afternoon. By the time today is […]

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The day ahead: June 10, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ve got internal meetings all morning. Then lunch with a Colombian journalist. Then I’ll be on a panel at a public Colombia event hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 7, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional James Laporta, “Exclusive: U.S. Marines Faced Down Armed Gunman at Mexico Border in Latest Threatening Encounter” (Newsweek, June 7, 2019). Three individuals, one armed and aiming a firearm at U.S. service members in Yuma, Arizona were apprehended late last month Colombia “Entrenamiento Militar Bajo Tortura: ¿Origen […]

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The day ahead: June 7, 2019

I’m in the office in the morning, writing at home in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m deep into working on a report about the border. Available, though replies may be delayed.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Justin Wise, “Us Military Personnel Ordered to Paint Border Barriers to Improve ‘Aesthetic Appearance’” (The Hill, June 6, 2019). A disgraceful misuse of taxpayer $$,” Durbin said on Twitter. “Our military has more important work to do than making Trump’s wall beautiful” Caitlin Dickson, “Border Patrol […]

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More processing capacity, now, would make a big difference at the border

This is a personal view. I’m not an expert on immigration policy or asylum law, nor do I plan to be. But I’ve done lots of work on border security, and this is my strong impression after having lots of conversations, visiting a few processing facilities, and volunteering in a respite center. Am I missing […]

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The day ahead: June 6, 2019

I’m in meetings until late afternoon. (How to contact me) After a day at home writing, I’m back in the working world today. A meeting with congressional staff, lunch with a new intern, interviewing a candidate for a senior position at WOLA, and a meeting at USAID. I should be back in the office near […]

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Graphics: border numbers through May

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released new border migration numbers through May. Border Patrol apprehended more migrants in May 2019 than in any month since March 2006 (monthly data here).But back then, something like 95% of migrants were single adults. In May, only 27% were single adults. In what is becoming a monthly […]

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