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

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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 20, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Max Daly, “Synthetic Drugs Will Change the Global Drug Trade Forever” (VICE, August 20, 2019). Manufactured anywhere, from DIY bathroom labs to huge chemical factories, synthetic drugs are cheaper and easier to make than cocaine and heroin because there is no reliance on the cultivation of […]

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The day ahead: August 20, 2019

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning I’m guest-teaching a segment of the “Andean Republics” class at the Foreign Service Institute. I’ll be in the office all afternoon, continuing to answer accumulated messages from my weeks away, and processing my notes from last week’s border trip into the beginnings […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 19, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional A.c. Thompson, ““Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It” (Propublica, Mother Jones, August 19, 2019). Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen had been investigated for years before he used his 4,000-pound truck to assault a fleeing migrant “Inside the […]

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The day ahead: August 19, 2019

I’m most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m back from a lot of traveling: in the last 3 weeks I’ve been to Miami for work, a week of vacation in New York state, and the Mexico-Guatemala border for work. Today is the third day in August when I’ll be in Washington. That […]

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Some Mexico-Guatemala Border Crossings

I’m back, as of a few hours ago, from a week along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. There’s a lot to talk about – but for now, some photos of border crossings.

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The day ahead: August 12, 2019

I’m traveling for work this week. (How to contact me) Good morning from Mexico City. Later today, we’re headed south to the Mexico-Guatemala border zone, where I’ll be for the rest of the week. I hope to post to this site when I get a chance, but I will be difficult to contact.

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The day ahead: August 5, 2019

I’m on vacation this week. (How to contact me) I’m off of work for a week of vacation with family. (Right now, I’m sitting on a lakeside dock in the Adirondacks, with my toes in the water. It’s nice.) Then on Sunday, I’m flying to Mexico, where we’re going to do a week of field […]

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