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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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, December 9 1:30 at WOLA: Protests in the Andes: Perspectives on Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Peru (RSVP required). Tuesday, December 10 8:30–10:15 at the Atlantic Council: Venezuelan illegal mining: Transnational crime, displacement, and violence (RSVP required). 9:00–11:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Upheavals in Chile & Bolivia (RSVP required). 10:00 in Room 2172, Rayburn House […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi), “Chairman Thompson Requests Investigation Into $400 Million Border Wall Contract” (House Committee on Homeland Security, December 6, 2019). I write seeking a review of the $400 million contract the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded to Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rafael Romo, “Five Keys to Understanding Latin America’s Turmoil” (CNN, December 4, 2019). It would be overly simplistic to point to a single common denominator or trigger. But there are some keys to understanding how turmoil in one place can feed turmoil elsewhere Argentina Werner Pertot, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Protestas en America Latina: Como los Militares Volvieron al Primer Plano de la Politica en la Region” (BBC Mundo, La Prensa (Nicaragua), December 3, 2019). En las últimas semanas aparecieron, con poca distancia unas de las otras, varias imágenes con una misma escena: distintos presidentes sudamericanos […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 2, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Andrei Serbin Pont, “No Es Que los Militares Vuelven, Nunca se Fueron” (CRIES (Argentina), Perfil (Argentina), December 2, 2019). Debemos comprender que los militares no solo no salieron de la escena, sino que se los ha fortalecido y el contexto actual facilita aún más su crecimiento […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, December 2 1:30–3:00 at WOLA: Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis: Could an Oil-for-Food Program Work? (RSVP required). 3:00–4:30 at CSIS: AMLO’s First Year in Office: Challenges and Opportunities (RSVP required). Tuesday, December 3 11:00–1:00 at the International Republican Institute: Colombia’s New Crossroads: How Venezuela’s Crisis Impacts Local Governance (RSVP required). Wednesday, December 4 9:00–11:00 at the […]

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What happens if Mexican cartels go on the terrorist list

It’s a waste of time to write something that concludes, “President Trump hasn’t thought this through.” Of course he hasn’t. But still, let’s think through Trump’s declaration this week that he plans to add Mexican criminal groups (“cartels”) to the U.S. government’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Here’s that list, covering the whole world. There […]

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Colombia may never be the same

“Wow. It just keeps going,” I said out loud upon leaving Medellín several years ago. Our car was taking us to the airport via the city’s southeast, through El Poblado, its wealthiest sector. And as we drove, the luxury apartment buildings, shopping malls, and manicured parks kept passing by my window for what seemed like […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 22, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Caitlin Dickson, “Exclusive: Acting Homeland Security Chief Chad Wolf Makes Unannounced Visit to Privately Funded Border Wall” (Yahoo!, November 22, 2019). The stop at the half-mile stretch of crowdfunded steel bollard fencing, which was built without permits this spring on private land in Sunland Park, N.M., […]

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WOLA Podcast: Bolivia’s Post-Evo Meltdown

Here’s a podcast recorded yesterday with Kathryn Ledebur, a longtime Bolivia expert and colleague who directs the Andean Information Network in Cochabamba, Bolivia. We discuss: The election process and the events leading up to Morales’s resignation. The disorder and violence following the election, and missed opportunities to achieve an institutional solution to the crisis. The role of […]

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Why are homicides declining in Colombia this year?

An argument I included in Monday evening’s post, about the Colombian Defense Minister’s security performance, raised a few hackles on social media. That post cited President Iván Duque’s crediting Defense Minister Guillermo Botero for a 2 percent reduction in homicides so far in 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. To refute it, I […]

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Colombia’s Defense Minister’s indefensible record

From the legislature to the media, a lot of prominent Colombians are asking why, amid regular gaffes, human rights abuses, and evidence of deteriorating security, Defense Minister Guillermo Botero is still at his post. In an article explaining that it’s basically “Botero is ex-president Álvaro Uribe’s man in his party’s government,” the online journalism outlet […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Editorial: Only Now Do We Understand the True Cruelty of Trump’s Family Separation” (The Washington Post, November 4, 2019). Most Americans thought the policy detestable. It was far worse than they imagined Bolivia “Protestas en Bolivia Tras Ultimatum a Evo Morales para Que Renuncie” (EFE, El […]

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Interview with “Colombia Calling” podcast

I’m a regular listener of Richard McColl’s “Colombia Calling” English-language podcast, so I was delighted to accept his invitation to appear in an episode (number 297, very impressive). Even better, I happened to be in Bogotá when we recorded (back on October 20), so I stopped by his lovely home where gave me very strong […]

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