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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August 2019

The day ahead: August 30, 2019

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m suddenly on two writing deadlines. One for a U.S. newspaper that asked me to pitch them a column on Colombia’s latest crisis. (I barfed up 2,200 words last night and need to cut that by over a third very quickly, it’s due this […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 29, 2019 Colombia Santiago Torrado, “El Disidente de las Farc Ivan Marquez Anuncia Que Retoma las Armas en Colombia” (El Pais (Spain), August 29, 2019). El exjefe negociador de la extinta guerrilla, en paradero desconocido desde hace un año, reaparece en un vídeo en el que junto con otros exlíderes anuncia […]

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The day ahead: August 29, 2019

I’m mostly around, but doing interviews and on a writing deadline. (How to contact me) I’m finishing a piece about Colombia’s military today, working on our report based on our Mexico-Guatemala border trip 2 weeks ago, and doing a lot of press, and statement-writing, about the defection of a top former FARC leader from the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 28, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Marie Arana, “Latin Americans Are Souring on Democracy. That’s Not So Surprising Considering the Region’s History” (Time, August 28, 2019). Latin America’s wild race to democracy has failed to overcome the region’s difficult history. The wounds left unattended—inequality, injustice, corruption, violence—are powerful catalysts for discontent Julia […]

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The day ahead: August 28, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Another late-August day with few meetings or commitments. I made huge progress writing two documents about Colombia and the border yesterday, and expect to do so again today. The only plan for today is just to keep making the cursor move from left to […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 27, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Chantal Da Silva, “Trump Administration Has Built Just 13 Percent of Border Wall, With Nearly 400 Miles to Go by End of 2020” (Newsweek, August 27, 2019). While the federal immigration agency appeared pleased with its progress, the 60-mile development represents just over 13 percent of […]

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The day ahead: August 27, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) The week before Labor Day is usually a quiet one in Washington, and I hope to spend it writing. Ideally, dividing the day between writing a piece about Colombia’s military and moving ahead a report on our Mexico-Guatemala border trip. Other than a mid-day […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 26, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Will Parrish, “The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor Are Putting a Native American Reservation Under “Persistent Surveillance”” (The Intercept, August 26, 2019). U.S. Customs and Border Protection will soon construct a 160-foot surveillance tower capable of continuously monitoring every person and vehicle within […]

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The day ahead: August 26, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) My schedule is all booked up today: a weekly staff meeting, a dentist appointment, lunch with a European diplomat, a call with a former intern, coffee with a reporter, and a call with attorneys litigating some of Trump’s migration policies. I won’t be in my […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional James Laporta, “Military Drones and Surveillance Planes Designed for War Remain an Option for U.S.-Mexico Border, Documents Show” (Newsweek, August 23, 2019). Pentagon officials are open to the idea of deploying reconnaissance planes and drones built for war to the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new […]

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The day ahead: August 23, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) On this August Friday, I’ll be in the office working on two writing projects. I’ll be on a few calls in the early afternoon but otherwise should be reachable if needed.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 22, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional James Stavridis, “Troops Are Not the Answer to the Crisis at the Border” (Time, August 22, 2019). The Trump Administration’s effort to deter migrants by creating harsh conditions at the border may ease the flow in the short term, but any long-term solution will require much […]

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The day ahead: August 22, 2019

Other than a brief period mid-day, I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ve got an internal meeting, two Skype calls with colleagues in Colombia, and a State Department meeting on the calendar today. All are Colombia-related. Other than that, I may be reachable around lunchtime.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 21, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Hamed Aleaziz, “The Trump Administration Plans to Deny Work Permits to Asylum-Seekers Who Cross the Border” (BuzzFeed, August 21, 2019). The Trump administration plans to issue a new policy that would deny work permits to asylum-seekers who cross the border without authorization as well as those […]

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The day ahead: August 21, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) No meetings or events on my calendar today. I’ll be (still) catching up on correspondence from my weeks of travel, and doing some writing.

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