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: May 29, 2020

I’ll be most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me)

I’ve got two border-related meetings on the calendar this afternoon, and a long-ish list of small tasks to complete. I doubt I’ll get any big projects done today, but should be reachable during much of the morning if needed.

The day ahead: May 28, 2020

I won’t be reachable until mid-afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’ve written two articles for other publications in the past two days: one on Colombia and one on militaries during COVID-19. I don’t know when they’re coming out, but I think they turned out well. This morning I’ll be writing a book review, recording a podcast about Venezuela, “attending” a strategy meeting and a webinar about the border, and “meeting” my new intern. I’ll be able to communicate after all of that, likely mid-to-late afternoon.

The day ahead: May 26, 2020

I’ll be most reachable mid-day and near the end of the day. (How to contact me)

I’ve got a long staff meeting on the calendar this morning. Before and after that, I’ll be working on a list of smaller commitments. In the afternoon I’ll be finishing an article on Colombia and doing research for a longer commentary about militaries in Latin America, and may not respond right away to incoming messages.

The day ahead: May 22, 2020

I’m reachable today, but writing. (How to contact me)

This is the first day without anything on the calendar in a while, and I’m behind on a lot of writing. This means e-mail, WhatsApp and other communications will be off for hours at a time and my replies will be delayed.

The day ahead: May 21, 2020

I should be around mid-day and late afternoon. (How to contact me)

After averaging nearly 6 hours per day of on-screen “meetings” this week, I confess to feeling a little bleary-eyed. Today, I expect to have more time for writing and research. In addition, I’ll be recording two podcasts: one WOLA podcast with a filmmaker, to be released when his work is released, and an episode of Michael Scadden’s “Latin America Intersections” podcast.

The day ahead: May 20, 2020

I’m reachable in the early afternoon, and that’s about it. (How to contact me)

I’m recording two podcasts and will be posting one as quickly as I can edit it. I’ve got three internal meetings and a Colombia NGO coalition meeting.

Starting last week, the frequency of meetings has come roaring back, matching or exceeding the “before times.” This has me falling behind on writing and other work, and I need to work on getting things back in balance.

The day ahead: May 18, 2020

I’ll be around in the early afternoon, and that’s about it. (How to contact me)

I’ve got a long internal meeting in the morning, will be hosting a discussion with a student project from the University of Texas mid-afternoon, then joining a discussion of security in the region in the late afternoon. I’ll be most reachable between lunchtime and mid-afternoon.

The day ahead: May 15, 2020

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

In the morning and mid-day I’ll be in “meetings” with a colleague in Europe and a coalition of groups working on migration. We may go out in the afternoon to re-stock our groceries while the store is less crowded. Other than that, I’ll be at my desk and trying to get some writing done.

The day ahead: May 14, 2020

I’m reachable in the morning and the late afternoon. (How to contact me)

In between a thick schedule of meetings yesterday, I managed to post substantial updates to the Numbers and Explainers sections of our Colombia Peace website, and made progress plowing through saved reports from April. Today I have a lighter meeting schedule and will continue with research, especially for a WOLA article about how COVID-19 is expanding military roles around the region. I should be at my desk nearly all day.

The day ahead: May 13, 2020

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

I have four internal meetings scattered across the day in a way that makes it hard to say when I’ll be easily reachable. When not in those meetings, I’ll be at my desk but probably not producing much more than small website updates and responses to messages. I’ll be freer the rest of the week.

The day ahead: May 12, 2020

I’m most reachable in the morning and the mid-to-late afternoon. (How to contact me)

My schedule is clearer today, just a couple of internal meetings. It will be rather full again tomorrow, so I hope to take maximum advantage of the relative quiet to get some writing done about Colombia and about the roles of militaries around Latin America right now.

The day ahead: May 11, 2020

I won’t be free much today. (How to contact me)

I’ve got about 3 hours of internal WOLA meetings. I’ll be recording a podcast that I’ll post tomorrow with a longtime colleague. And, with the goal of writing a report on the Colombian department of Putumayo by the end of the month, I’ll be interviewing several local social leaders on a Zoom call. All of that will make me difficult to contact today.

The day ahead: May 8, 2020

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

It’s been what passes for a busy week under social distancing. Today, though, my calendar is clear, I don’t have an immediate deadline, and I’ll be at my desk catching up on correspondence and updating sections of our Colombia website.

The day ahead: May 7, 2020

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

Other than a mid-day coalition meeting, I should be at the keyboard all day today. I look forward to posting a podcast about the border and a commentary about Colombia, both of which are nearly ready to go.

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