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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February 2020

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 26, 2020 Brazil Ernesto Londono, “‘Like a Scream of Resistance’: Rio’s Carnival in Bolsonaro’s Brazil” (The New York Times, February 26, 2020). “In difficult times, like during the era of dictatorship, Brazilian culture flourishes” Central America Regional, Mexico Mathieu Tourliere, “Oim Preve Que Suba la Cifra de Migrantes Centroamericanos Que Cruzaran […]

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The day ahead: February 26, 2020

I’ll be most reachable in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning I’m meeting with a visiting group of Colombian human rights leaders and doing a phone interview about fumigation in Colombia. I’m having lunch with my new intern, and going to an NGO meeting at the UNHCR office in the late afternoon.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 25, 2020 Argentina “Alberto Fernandez Aclaro su Frase Sobre las Fuerzas Armadas” (Pagina12 (Argentina), February 25, 2020). Sus palabras despertaron críticas, por ejemplo, de la madre de Plaza de Mayo Nora Cortiñas Colombia “Las Mujeres de Putumayo Buscan una Vida Sin Coca” (El Espectador (Colombia), February 25, 2020). Las mujeres trabajan […]

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“Important Numbers”: a New Section at the Revived colombiapeace.org Site

When trying to understand peace accord implementation, security threats, and human rights in Colombia, we have to rely heavily on numbers to explain what’s happening. Whether you’re explaining reintegration of ex-combatants, pointing to coca cultivation trends, or advocating for more prosecutions of those masterminding social leaders’ murders, you often need numerical data. And the most […]

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The day ahead: February 25, 2020

I should be reachable, intermittently, in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m out of contact this morning, lecturing to the Andean Republics class at the Foreign Service Institute, then having coffee with someone from the State Department. Except for a couple of interview calls with people doing research, I’ll be in the office this […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 24, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional John Otis, “Latin American Leaders Open the Doors for Armed Forces to Reenter Politics” (National Public Radio, February 24, 2020). For decades, many Latin American countries had military dictators. In recent years, democratically elected civilians took control. Now, those civilian governments are bringing back the army […]

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The day ahead: February 24, 2020

I’m in near-constant meetings today. (How to contact me) I’ve spent a lot of the last few days and nights making some big improvements to our underutilized “colombiapeace.org” website (read about those here). I’d like to add more to it this week, but might not do much: it’s one of those “high season” weeks with […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, February 24, 2020 12:00–2:00 at the AFL-CIO: Resisting the Right-wing Assault in Brazil. 2:00–4:00 at USIP: Colombian Human Rights Leaders Protect Their Peace (RSVP required). Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:30–11:00 at the Wilson Center: Religion and Democracy: How Partisanship and Religious Affiliation Impact Democratic Participation in Brazil (RSVP required). 10:00 in Room 138 Dirksen […]

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5 links from the past week

The National Security Archive reveals documents showing that the CIA was the true co-owner of a supposedly Swiss cryptography company, whose equipment encrypted the communications of Latin American military regimes participating in “Operation Condor” in the 1970s. This means that the U.S. intelligence community had knowledge about the human rights abuses these regimes were committing—including […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 21, 2020 El Salvador “El Salvador: Bukele Vuelve a Rodearse de Militares para Criticar a Congresistas” (DW (Germany), February 21, 2020). El mandatario reiteró sus señalamientos a la oposición ante soldados que estarán apoyando en su lucha contra el crimen organizado Guatemala, Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border Arelis R. Hernandez, Kevin Sieff, “Trump’s […]

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The day ahead: February 21, 2020

I’ll be around for much of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I have morning-to-early-afternoon meetings with a drug-policy researcher and a journalist. I should be in the office, working on our colombiapeace.org website (check out the “timeline” page under construction), for the remainder of the afternoon.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 20, 2020 Brazil “2019 Report Shows Rising Armed Violence in Complexo Da Mare, Continued State Impunity” (RioOnWatch (Rio de Janeiro Brazil), February 20, 2020). Throughout 2019, the group of favelas saw 117 days of shootouts and nearly 300 total hours of police operations Diane Jeantet, “Brazil Deploys National Guard After Senator […]

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