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.

Adam Isacson

The day ahead: September 18, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Through some freak accident of scheduling, I’ve got no commitments on the calendar this Tuesday. I’ll be in the office all day writing our big Colombia report, and helping to plan a big Colombia conference that will take place four weeks from today.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 17, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ryan Devereaux, “Justice Department Attempts to Suppress Evidence That the Border Patrol Targeted Humanitarian Volunteers” (The Intercept, September 17, 2018). Within hours of the exhibits being submitted Monday, Trump administration lawyers called on Macdonald to seal the text messages Brazil Alejandro Chacoff, “Brazil Lost More Than […]

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The day ahead: September 17, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) Today I’ll be in an all-hands office meeting in the morning, and in the late afternoon in a meeting of groups that work on Colombia. In the middle, I’ve got a few small tasks that need to get done, particularly having […]

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The week ahead

I’m in town all five days, but it’s a bit of a scattered week. Several meetings on the calendar, WOLA’s annual human rights awards on Thursday night, some writing to move forward, and organizing an all-day Colombia conference that we’re planning for October 16th. The writing will mostly be drafting a big report based on […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(This covers the week of August 26-September 1; as I was traveling in Colombia during the week of September 2-8, there will be no update for that week.) Peace Commissioner Lays Out Four “Adjustments” to FARC Accord In an August 27 interview with El Tiempo columnist María Isabel Rueda, President Iván Duque’s new high commissioner […]

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Just sent out a weekly update

Here’s the latest. New border/migration data, upcoming events, links to good reading, news, and—of course—music recommendations. To get these in your e-mail, just add your name and e-mail here, and look for the confirmation e-mail in your inbox. I promise never to share your e-mail address with anyone.

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Latin America-related events in Washington next week

Tuesday, September 18 10:00 in Room 342, Dirksen Senate Office Building: Hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on “The Implications of the Reinterpretation of the Flores Settlement Agreement for Border Security and Illegal Immigration Incentives.” 10:00 in Room 419, Dirksen Senate Office Building: Business meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for ambassadorial nominations […]

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Five links from the past week

Western Hemisphere Regional Franco Ordonez, “Latin America Says U.S. Has Itself to Blame for Chinese Entry Into Region That It Opposes” (The Miami Herald, September 11, 2018). “You left some space and the other guy moved in,” a Latin American diplomat told McClatchy Colombia Edinson Arley Bolanos, “El Fantasma Detras de las “Aguilas Negras”” (El […]

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Civil-military relations in Latin America: links from the past month

Brazil Tom Wheeldon, “The Military Is Back in Brazilian Politics” (France 24 (France), September 10, 2018). When questioned by a journalist about Mourao’s speech, the head of the army, Eduardo Villas Boas described him as a “great soldier” and insisted that the military has a constitutional right to “intervene” if Brazil is “on the edge […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 14, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Maria Sacchetti, “Ice Says It Needs a $1 Billion Funding Boost to Meet Trump’s Aggressive Deportation Goals” (The Washington Post, September 14, 2018). The deal would keep the government open using a series of spending bills, including a “continuing resolution” that would fund federal agencies through […]

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Arms transfers in Latin America: Links from the past month

Had I not been traveling last week, I’d have published links from the previous month about arms transfers and arms trafficking in Latin America. As it turns out, though, I only had these two in the database: Colombia Julieta Pelcastre, “U.S. Donates Interception Vessels to Colombian Navy” (Revista Dialogo (U.S. Southern Command), August 28, 2018). […]

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The day ahead: September 14, 2018

I’ll be available in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I just sent off a draft of a long article about the Trump administration’s Colombia policy, to a Colombian publication. Now I need to figure out what to do with the English version. It’s quite long. Otherwise, I’ve got a few phone call/interviews scheduled for this morning. […]

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August Border Statistics Show that Trump’s Policies are Not Deterring Migration

A new graphics-heavy analysis of the latest U.S.-Mexico border migration numbers, using some of the charts I threw together yesterday, is at WOLA’s website: These figures show that the Trump Administration’s cruelties of family separation and detention are doing nothing to change the underlying problem. People fleeing violence in Central America are not deterred from […]

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