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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September 2019

The next two weeks

I’m leaving Monday morning for an 11-day visit to Colombia. We’ll be doing field research in two regions of the country, plus a couple of days in Bogotá. It’s shaping up to be an incredible trip, though there’s never enough time to do things as thoroughly as one would like. That’s four days from now. […]

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The day ahead: September 26, 2019

Except for a moment around mid-day, I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) My calendar shows three calls scheduled today with mostly academic colleagues in the U.S. and Europe. I’m also taking my daughter for her annual doctor checkup in the early afternoon. This evening WOLA is holding a public reception for […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 25, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Homeland Security Subcommittee Approves fy2020 Appropriations Bill” (U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, September 25, 2019). The FY2020 Homeland Security appropriations bill fully funds the President’s request for the border wall while also providing Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the detention capacity needed […]

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The day ahead: September 25, 2019

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) Other than an internal meeting in the morning, I should be around today. My goal is to make huge progress on a report about the Mexico-Guatemala border, so that I can have an advanced draft in process by the time I travel to Colombia […]

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The day ahead: September 24, 2019

I’m at an all-day conference. (How to contact me) I’ll be attending an all-day discussion at the U.S. Institute of Peace about implementation of the the “Leahy Law,” a 20-plus-year-old condition that (in theory) stops U.S. security assistance to foreign units that violate human rights with impunity. I’ll be hard to contact.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Emma Dumain, “Republicans Say Sc Will Recoup Military Funds Taken for Border Wall. They Can’t Be Sure” (McClatchy News Service, September 23, 2019). The mechanisms for getting the money back are far from simple and Trump administration officials don’t get to decide how these funds are […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, September 23 9:00–12:30: Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearings on Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago. 1:00–3:00 at Freedom House: Political Persecution in Venezuela: Photo Exhibition + Panel (RSVP required). Tuesday, September 24 9:00–1:45: Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearings on Canada, Peru, the United States, and region-wide migration. 9:30–11:00 at the Wilson Center: […]

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The day ahead: September 23, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I spent the weekend writing a memo about police assistance, then a declaration for one of the several cases being litigated against the Trump administration’s efforts to limit asylum. Today, I’ve got a long morning staff meeting, coffee with a colleague in the afternoon, and […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 20, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rafael Carranza, “Feds Outline Road Map for Construction of Trump’s Border Wall Using Military Funds” (The Arizona Republic, September 20, 2019). The 18 border projects listed a total of about 309 miles of new and replacement fencing, mostly along the western portion of the U.S.-Mexico border […]

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The day ahead: September 20, 2019

I’m more reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) We bade farewell to our excellent Colombian visitors / conference participants last night. Today, I should be at WOLA all day, writing and catching up. I have an internal strategy meeting and coffee with a journalist in the afternoon.

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Colombia’s defense minister is a problem

Guillermo Botero is at it again. Colombia’s defense minister said that the security forces he oversees can’t capture a wanted criminal because, as a demobilized FARC member, that criminal is somehow protected by the peace accord. Leider Johani Noscue, alias “Mayimbú,” is a rearmed FARC dissident in Cauca department whose group is believed to be […]

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The day ahead: September 19, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) After a very well-attended and lively conference yesterday, I’m accompanying our Colombian visitors on a schedule of meetings with officials around Washington. While this should be a great day, I won’t be available to talk, or do much writing, while this is happening.

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The day ahead: September 18, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today, we’re putting on a conference. (How to contact me) We’re hosting an all-day conference on Colombia today with a great lineup of speakers. If you can’t come, I’m told there will be a livestream and archived video here.

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No, Mexico isn’t providing housing

At times, the judge seemed ill-informed about how MPP works. At one point, she turned to the government prosecutors in the room and asked whether the Mexican government was providing the migrants housing. One of the attorneys said he did not know. (The answer, generally, is no). The quote is from Gus Bova’s coverage of […]

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