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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Day ahead

The day ahead: March 5, 2021

I’ll be hard to reach until late in the day. (How to contact me)

I’m finishing our weekly border update, helping host an event about Colombia and coca, joining one or two border coalition meetings, and writing a column for a Colombian newspaper. All that may make me hard to contact today.

The day ahead: March 4, 2021

I should be reachable from mid-afternoon to end of day. (How to contact me)

between this morning and mid-afternoon, I’m “meeting” a Mexico-based reporter then some human rights defenders in Colombia, giving a presentation to a virtual gathering of Colombian campesino leaders, and then have two coalition meetings with border / migrant rights groups. After that, I expect to be catching up on email and writing a weekly border update.

The day ahead: March 3, 2021

I’m around in the morning, but it’s all I’ve got to do a lot of work. (How to contact me)

I’ve got an internal meeting about the border and 2 coalition meetings on Colombia, one with colleagues in Colombia and one with colleagues in the United States. This is one of the lighter days on my calendar this week, and I need to take advantage of the few free hours I have this morning to get any work done at all. That said, I should be reachable this morning, and perhaps at the very end of the day.

The day ahead: March 2, 2021

I’ll be hard to contact today, though easier in afternoon than morning. (How to contact me)

My calendar is packed tight until mid-afternoon: guest-teaching a Foreign Service Institute class, a couple of interviews with Colombian media, a meeting with Colombian colleagues, an imminently due info request from congressional staff, and a rare academic event about civil-military relations in Latin America that I’d like to watch. I will be difficult to contact today.

The day ahead: March 1, 2021

I should be around in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

So begins another week. My calendar looks average this week: two or three speaking engagements, co-hosting an event on Friday, lots of coalition meetings. But no giant deadlines. I hope to work on a big research project and start another, and hopefully record a podcast, before the week is over.

Today, I have an internal meeting for much of the morning, and I’m still catching up on correspondence from last Thursday and Friday when I had an especially heavy schedule. In the afternoon I expect to be at my desk with some time to write, to respond to an info request from congressional staff, and to update our Colombia website. We’ll see how that goes.

The day ahead: February 26, 2021

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me)

I’ve got a full day of meetings: with two coalitions, some DHS officials, documentary filmmakers, and the board of another organization. And I’m finishing a new border update before that happens. I may not respond to messages until the weekend.

The day ahead: February 25, 2021

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me)

I finished one internal writing assignment yesterday and am almost done with a smaller one, and will also write up a weekly border update today. I’m sitting in on an event this morning about Latin America security, meeting with colleagues at a border/migrants’ rights organization, and have two coalition meetings in the afternoon. All of this will delay my reply to any attempt to get in touch with me today.

The day ahead: February 24, 2021

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me)

Other than an internal meeting mid-day, I should be mercifully free from Zoom today, and plan to get a lot of writing, research, and correspondence caught up.

The day ahead: February 23, 2021

I’ll be intermittently available during the afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m trying to finish two bits of writing this morning. This afternoon I have two internal meetings, conversations with a student and a Colombian colleague, and an interview. I should be reachable but there will be long stretches when I’m not.

The day ahead: February 22, 2021

Early afternoon is probably the best time to reach me. (How to contact me)

I averaged 6 hours of meetings per day on Wednesday-Friday of last week, then did a lot of writing and podcasting on Friday through the weekend. That means I’m very behind on basic things like e-mail, and I’m a little afraid to look at my to-do inbox to see what else I committed to doing.

Today I have a staff meeting, a border coalition meeting, and a meeting with a few Colombian colleagues. When not present at those, I’ll just be getting caught up, if possible.

The day ahead: February 19, 2021

I’ll be hard to contact today. (How to contact me)

I’m finishing up a border update, then have an internal check-in meeting, two coalition meetings, a meeting with a State Department official, a podcast recording, and a one-on-one with a colleague. I probably won’t be able to respond to messages until the weekend.

The day ahead: February 18, 2021

I’m most reachable from mid-afternoon to end of day. (How to contact me)

I’m writing on a deadline about the border this morning, with an eye on the likely introduction of the Biden administration’s big border-migration legislation. I have one or two border coalition meetings in the early afternoon, then I hope to be doing less urgent work for the rest of the day.

The day ahead: February 17, 2021

I’m all booked up today. (How to contact me)

I won’t be setting any productivity records today. There’s a 2-hour all-hands staff planning meeting this morning, then I’m in a planning meeting for our border work. In the afternoon I look forward to being on a panel to discuss changes in U.S. policy at an event put on by Colombian human rights organizations. Then in the evening it’s an online event at my kid’s school. This seven-plus hours of Zoom time will make me hard to contact today.

The day ahead: February 16, 2021

I’ll be hard to reach for most of the day. (How to contact me)

I’m in internal meetings most of the morning, and in the afternoon I’m meeting with a student and have carved out a few hours for writing and for preparing a talk I’m giving tomorrow at a virtual gathering of Colombian NGOs. There will be long stretches today where I’m not able to check or respond to messages. Tomorrow will be similarly packed.

The day ahead: February 15, 2021

I’m off today. (How to contact me)

Today is a holiday in the United States. While that’s not too different from a regular day during pandemic times, it does mean that I’ve got no meetings, my kid doesn’t have school, and I won’t be glued to my computer and phone screens. I’ll be back “on the clock” tomorrow.

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