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

A bad misreading of Colombia’s moment

“Fewer than three years after Colombia’s oldest guerrilla group signed a peace agreement with the government, the terror leaders have said never mind,” reads today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal’s influential and ultraconservative editorial page. For the Journal, the defection of former chief FARC negotiator Iván Márquez and a handful of other ex-leaders means […]

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Big Colombia conference tomorrow

We’ve done this every year since 2012: organize a day-long, open-to-the-public event about Colombia. Mostly Colombia-based people, chosen because they’re good explainers, share their on-the-ground knowledge of security challenges, peace efforts, drug policy, and human rights. The next edition is tomorrow, at the National Press Club in downtown Washington. The event announcement is here. Come join […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 17, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional J. Edward Moreno, “Another Budget Fight Looms This Month in Congress Centering on Border Wall Funding” (The Texas Tribune, September 17, 2019). Democrats opposed the bill because it includes $12.2 billion to build new sections of the wall. Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster the legislation […]

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The day ahead: September 17, 2019

I’ll be sporadically reachable all day. (How to contact me) Our big Colombia conference is tomorrow, some of our panelists have arrived already, and I’ll be helping out with that over the course of the day, as well as finishing the talk I’ll be giving about coca eradication. If you’re in Washington, I hope you’ll […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 16, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Manny Fernandez, Miriam Jordan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Caitlin Dickerson, “‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis” (The New York Times, September 16, 2019). Overwhelmed by desperate migrants and criticized for mistreating the people in their care, many agents have grown defensive, insular and bitter […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Highlighting that Colombia event that we’re putting on all day Wednesday. Tuesday, September 17 9:00–12:00 at the OAS (1889 F St.): “Challenges and Opportunities for Electric Mobility in the Americas” (RSVP required). Wednesday, September 18 9:00–10:00 at the Wilson Center: “Argentina in Crisis: A Conversation with Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey” (RSVP required). 9:00–4:00 at the […]

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The day ahead: September 16, 2019

I should be reachable for much of the afternoon. (How to contact me) On Wednesday, we’re putting on our big annual conference taking the measure of Colombia’s peace process. Our speakers mostly arrive tomorrow. When not in morning staff meetings, I’ll be helping with that and doing some writing all afternoon.

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Sunday morning run

It was a 20-mile race aimed at a population of slower runners like me (hence the name “Revenge of the Penguins”). Still, it was nice at my advanced age to finish 24th out of 117 people on a sunny late-summer morning in Washington. It was downright pleasant jogging along the canal that follows the Potomac […]

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The day ahead: September 13, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) The WOLA human rights award gala last night went really well (and ran quite late as people stayed around for along time after the ceremonies ended). This morning, I’m sitting in on an event with some Colombian visitors. Then I’ll be in the office the […]

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The day ahead: September 12, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) WOLA’s annual human rights award dinner is this evening, and I look forward to seeing lots of people in our community. Our board will also be meeting in our offices mid-day. When not doing that, I’ll be reachable and dealing with a […]

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The day ahead: September 11, 2019

I’m most reachable in the morning and the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) Today’s my 49th birthday! Really getting up there. But it’s also a busy Wednesday. I’ll be “celebrating” by participating in two meetings with groups that work on border and migration, and by drafting more of our report on […]

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Thread: new border and migration data graphics

Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its August data about migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Using that, along with data from Mexico’s government and recent non-governmental studies, I posted a 9-tweet thread to Twitter last night, with 17 graphics. Here is that thread, deconstructed. (1/9) Let’s post a bunch of migration data using […]

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The day ahead: September 10, 2019

I’m reachable in the morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m working at home this morning: it occurs to me that I’ll be taking a long trip to Colombia in 2 1/2 weeks, and there’s a lot that has to get done here in Washington before then. In the afternoon I’m recording a […]

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The day ahead: September 9, 2019

I should be reachable mid-day. (How to contact me) My schedule today includes a weekly staff meeting in the morning, a mid-afternoon call with a reporter, and a meeting with a visiting delegation of migrants’ rights advocates from Mexico and Central America.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Bryan Pietsch, “Pentagon Pulls Funds for Military Schools, Daycare to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall” (Reuters, Reuters, September 6, 2019). The U.S. Military Academy at West Point in Schumer’s state is the most expensive project impacted in the United States with $95 million pulled from construction […]

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