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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 14, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Phil Stewart, “Mattis Defends Mexico Border Deployment in First Troop Visit” (Reuters **, November 14, 2018). Mattis, speaking to a small group of reporters traveling with him, rejected criticism and said the deployment was the right thing to do Brazil “Brasil: Policia Mato a Delincuente y […]

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The day ahead: November 14, 2018

I’m around much of the afternoon. (How to contact me) Other than two internal WOLA meetings (this morning and mid-afternoon), I’m in the office today. My father is in town, so I’ll be breaking a bit early. Otherwise, I’ll be here writing a Colombia update.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 13, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Hamed Aleaziz, ““Wow, You’ve Really Gone This Far to Affect Children?”” (BuzzFeed, November 13, 2018). Officials later clarified Monday that unaccompanied minors would be affected but that they would still have the ability to be eligible for other protections Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Philip Rucker, “Trump […]

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The day ahead: November 13, 2018

I’ll be in and out all day, a bit hard to reach. (How to contact me) Yesterday was a holiday here in the United States, which gave me time to add edits, photos, footnotes and other touches to a monster-sized forthcoming report on Colombia, based on our early September research trip. That is out of […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

Even more here) November 12, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, “Deployed Inside the United States: The Military Waits for the Migrant Caravan” (The New York Times, November 12, 2018). Putting troops at the border to protect against what Mr. Trump deemed a threat, in his rallying cry for the midterms, has put […]

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The day ahead: November 9, 2018

I should be reachable from late morning to the end of the day. (How to contact me) I have less on the schedule today: attending a discussion with a visiting Colombian official first thing in the morning, then I’ll be in the office. I need to catch up on correspondence, especially from yesterday when I wasn’t near […]

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The day ahead: November 8, 2018

I’m hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ve got six events on the calendar today, including two speaking events. I’m guest-teaching a class of visiting Latin American officials at the National Defense University’s Perry Center, talking about U.S. security aid programs. I’m talking at a small event about Colombia at WOLA. Then a couple of […]

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The End of One-Party Rule is the End of Trump’s Border Wall

Even before the Democratic Party won majority control of the House of Representatives, it wasn’t clear how Donald Trump was going to be able to get his border wall through Congress, which must approve the funding for it. Senate rules make it possible to block big budget outlays—like $25 billion for a wall—if 60 senators […]

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The day ahead: November 7, 2018

I’m most reachable in the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I was up way too late last night watching election returns. I’m not at my cognitive best, but I’m delighted that one house of the U.S. Congress will be run by some people whose views of U.S. policy toward Latin America […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 6, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional James Stavridis, “Why It Would Be a Major Military Mistake to Deploy Troops to Confront the Migrant Caravan” (Time, November 6, 2018). We should control our border. But sending the military won’t help that cause Phil Stewart, “Pentagon Balked at U.S. Border Troops Building Detention Facilities […]

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The day ahead: November 6, 2018

I’m reachable anytime except mid-day. (How to contact me) I voted early, and my kid’s school is closed, so I’m working at home this morning. Mainly preparing a talk I’ll be giving to a class of Latin American officials at the National Defense University on Thursday. Then I’m off for some mid-day parent-teacher conferences, after […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 5, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Paul Sonne, “Trump’s Border Deployments Could Cost $200 Million by Year-End” (The Washington Post, November 5, 2018). The total price of President Trump’s military deployment to the border, including the cost of National Guard forces that have been there since April, could climb well above $200?million […]

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My pessimistic (or perhaps realistic) House spreadsheet

I hesitate to share this because it reveals how unhinged the midterm elections have made me. But here’s a spreadsheet of 70 House districts that could conceivably go either way in tomorrow’s vote. To win a majority of the House of Representatives, Democrats will have to carry 33 of these 70. Nearly half. That is, […]

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