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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March 2020

Government reports relevant to Latin America obtained in March

The State Department’s annual report on other countries’ counter-drug efforts, with some information about U.S. aid.2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (Washington: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, March 2, 2020) <PDF from https://www.state.gov/2020-international-narcotics-control-strategy-report/>. Intricately detailed tables of the status of aid to Central America between 2013 and 2018, from a GAO performance […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 31, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Michael Weissenstein, Evens Sanon, Franklin Briceno, “Coronavirus Hits Rich and Poor Unequally in Latin America” (Associated Press, Associated Press, March 31, 2020). Many of the wealthy are already recovering, but experts warn that the virus could kill scores of the poorest people Colombia Edinson Arley Bolanos, […]

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The day ahead: March 31, 2020

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning I’m talking to a researcher and then recording a podcast. I should be at my desk writing about Colombia and doing research on the border all afternoon.

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WOLA Podcast: Soldiers and Civilians in Latin America Today

Here’s a conversation we recorded late Friday over a beer. After nearly 30 years of movement away from military rule and toward civilian democracy, Latin America’s armed forces are again playing larger, more political roles. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the trend, with the danger that having soldiers on the streets may again become “normalized” […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 30, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Terrence Mccoy, Mary Beth Sheridan, “Coronavirus Collides With Latin America’s Maid Culture — With Sometimes Deadly Results” (The Washington Post, March 30, 2020). Imported by the wealthy, the virus is now reaching into impoverished communities, at times through domestic employment, infecting people with fewer resources to […]

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The day ahead: March 30, 2020

I’m around all afternoon. (How to contact me) Other than a long morning staff meeting and check-ins with colleagues at WOLA, I should be reachable today. Other than some brief writing about Colombia, my main goal is to make big progress on a project, involving creation of a web resource, that will focus and strengthen […]

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Email newsletter

My streak of sending out weekly e-mail newsletters now stands at 13. Here’s the latest one. I resolved at the new year to be more regular at these. So that means this horrible year is already 13 weeks old. You can read it and subscribe there, or just subscribe at the bottom of this very […]

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Latin America-related online events this week

Tuesday, March 31 4:00 at atlanticcouncil.org: Impact of the oil market crash on the major producers in Latin America: A closer look at Brazil and Mexico (RSVP required). Wednesday, April 1 12:00–1:00 at thedialogue.org: Price War Meets Pandemic – Energy’s Perfect Storm in Latin America (RSVP required). Thursday, April 2 9:00–10:30 at thedialogue.org: Impact of […]

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5 links from the past week

If coronavirus wasn’t putting a halt to such things, this week the U.S. government would’ve sent back to Colombia one of the maximum leaders of the AUC paramilitary group, Salvatore Mancuso, who was extradited to face drug trafficking charges in 2008. In a detailed piece at Canada’s National Post, Brian Fitzpatrick tells the story of […]

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