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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January 2020

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 17, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Kate Brumback, Deepti Hajela, Amy Taxin, “Ap Visits Immigration Courts Across Us, Finds Nonstop Chaos” (Associated Press, Associated Press, January 17, 2020). Shrouded in secrecy, the immigration courts run by the U.S. Department of Justice have been dysfunctional for years and have only gotten worse Argentina […]

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The day ahead: January 17, 2020

I’ll be hard to reach today, and for the next week. (How to contact me) This is my last workday in Washington until next Friday: I’m spending Monday through Thursday in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Today is full of meetings (again): another session of WOLA’s annual strategic planning in the morning, and a few […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 16, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Steven Dudley, Jeremy Mcdermott, “Gamechangers 2019: Backwards to the Future” (InsightCrime, January 16, 2020). The year saw a resurgence of criminal groups from seemingly bygone eras, the arrival of new presidents who tried to face these old problems with familiar but failed policies, the end of […]

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The day ahead: January 16, 2020

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’m not going to be available at all today. I’m looking at several hours of annual internal planning meetings, some interviews of assistant candidates, and a meeting of groups working on security assistance. I may not see the inside of my office, or a computer […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 15, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Nina Lakhani, “More Than 300 Human Rights Activists Were Killed in 2019, Report Reveals” (The Guardian (Uk), January 15, 2020). Two-thirds of the total killings took place in Latin America where impunity from prosecution is the norm Whitney Eulich, “Behind Latin America’s Protests, a Fading Faith […]

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Trump to Seize More Border Wall Money Through Brute Force

We learned in Monday evening’s Washington Post that our president plans to take another $7.2 billion out of the Defense Department’s budget and put it into the border wall that he couldn’t convince Congress to pay for. If he gets his way, more than three out of every four dollars in border-wall money will have […]

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The day ahead: January 15, 2020

I’ll be intermittently reachable, mostly in the morning. (How to contact me) I had hoped to attend the Wilson Center’s annual Mexico security conference this morning, but my schedule might not allow it. I have to do more preparation for a trip to El Paso and Juárez next week with a group of supporters (we […]

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At the Forum on the Arms Trade’s 2020 Annual Conference

A great conference today hosted by the Forum on the Arms Trade at the Stimson Center, “Beyond the Headlines: Redefining Responsibility in the Arms Trade.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) gave great opening remarks, and then the panels were really timely and action-oriented. I gave the overview of Latin America. I come on at around the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 14, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Robert Soutar, “How China Is Courting New Latin American Partners” (Dialogo Chino, Americas Quarterly, January 14, 2020). Instead of going it alone on symbolic projects, a range of Chinese institutional investors now see benefits in operating more like their international counterparts, working in partnerships and seeking […]

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The day ahead: January 14, 2020

I’m hard to reach for most of the day. (How to contact me) This morning I’m interviewing two candidates for a program assistant position, but otherwise in the office. Mid-day I head over to the annual conference of the Forum on the Arms Trade, where I’m speaking on a panel at around 12:45. I head […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 13, 2020 Chile Francisco Marin, “El Cerco Contra el Presidente Pinera” (Proceso (Mexico), January 13, 2020). El cuerpo de los Carabineros de Chile comienza a verse cercado por los tribunales y las organizaciones internacionales de defensa de los derechos humanos debido a su responsabilidad en las masivas y sistemáticas violaciones cometidas […]

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