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: April 24, 2017

Other than a narrow window around mid-day, I am in meetings all day today. (How to contact me) I’ve got a weekly staff meeting, and there’s a lot to plan for this week, with Trump’s border wall playing a central role in the debate over the federal budget, which expires Friday. (That’s the last weekday of Trump’s […]

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The week ahead

It’s going to be one of those weeks: it’s Monday morning and there’s already nearly 20 hours of meetings and events on the calendar. These include a visit from the ICRC, giving a talk at the Foreign Service Institute, a National Defense University event on Colombia’s military and the post-conflict, and a meeting to nominate […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, April 24 11:30–1:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Fighting Corruption and Improving Business Climates in Latin America (RSVP required). Tuesday, April 25 1:00–5:30 at the U.S. Institute of Peace: Demining War Zones: Opening Space for Building Peace (RSVP required). Wednesday, April 26 9:00–10:30 at the Washington Post: 2017 World Press Freedom Index (RSVP required). 10:30–12:00 […]

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5 tweets that made me laugh this week

we'll miss everything about brent except his pranks they were the worst [hears everyone at my funeral agree and I shift nervously in casket] — brent (@murrman5) April 20, 2017 Updated Fox News lineup 8 PM Pepe Frog and Friends9 PM The Comments Section10 PM Email From My Dad With the Subject "RE: Re: re: […]

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Five links from the past week

Colombia Olga Patricia Rendon Marulanda, “Asi Es Como la Fuerza Publica Quiere Contar la Memoria del Conflicto” (El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), April 19, 2017). The best overview I’ve seen of a controversy over victims and memory in Colombia’s conflict. President Juan Manuel Santos recently added Colombia’s Defense Ministry to the governing board of the Center […]

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My Latin America database now resides at “defenseoversight.wola.org”

I’ve owned the domain defenseassistance.org for several years; I use it for side projects related to work. The largest by far is one I started in mid-2015: a “database of everything” related to U.S. defense and security relations with Latin America. This mammoth resource is just about complete. So I just took away the little “this site […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

Ex-presidents and peace process opponents Álvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana had either a conversation or a brief contact with Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Good Friday. They were guests of one of the resort’s members, and the Miami Herald reports that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) may have helped arrange the meeting, or encounter, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 21, 2017 Brazil Vinicius Cavalcante, “‘O Problema e Quantidade de Armamento Militar Clandestino’” (O Globo (Brazil), April 21, 2017). As armas que abastecem à criminalidade do Rio de Janeiro entram pelas extensas fronteiras secas e fluviais do país e depois são contrabandeadas em veículos para dentro do estado Colombia Juanita Velez, […]

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