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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 24, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional John Otis, “Latin American Leaders Open the Doors for Armed Forces to Reenter Politics” (National Public Radio, February 24, 2020). For decades, many Latin American countries had military dictators. In recent years, democratically elected civilians took control. Now, those civilian governments are bringing back the army […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, February 24, 2020 12:00–2:00 at the AFL-CIO: Resisting the Right-wing Assault in Brazil. 2:00–4:00 at USIP: Colombian Human Rights Leaders Protect Their Peace (RSVP required). Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:30–11:00 at the Wilson Center: Religion and Democracy: How Partisanship and Religious Affiliation Impact Democratic Participation in Brazil (RSVP required). 10:00 in Room 138 Dirksen […]

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5 links from the past week

The National Security Archive reveals documents showing that the CIA was the true co-owner of a supposedly Swiss cryptography company, whose equipment encrypted the communications of Latin American military regimes participating in “Operation Condor” in the 1970s. This means that the U.S. intelligence community had knowledge about the human rights abuses these regimes were committing—including […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 21, 2020 El Salvador “El Salvador: Bukele Vuelve a Rodearse de Militares para Criticar a Congresistas” (DW (Germany), February 21, 2020). El mandatario reiteró sus señalamientos a la oposición ante soldados que estarán apoyando en su lucha contra el crimen organizado Guatemala, Mexico, U.S.-Mexico Border Arelis R. Hernandez, Kevin Sieff, “Trump’s […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 20, 2020 Brazil “2019 Report Shows Rising Armed Violence in Complexo Da Mare, Continued State Impunity” (RioOnWatch (Rio de Janeiro Brazil), February 20, 2020). Throughout 2019, the group of favelas saw 117 days of shootouts and nearly 300 total hours of police operations Diane Jeantet, “Brazil Deploys National Guard After Senator […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 19, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional John Washington, “Trump-Appointed Immigration Judges Have Become His Robed Enforcers” (Gen, Medium, February 19, 2020). In a spate of appointments by current Attorney General Barr, six new judges are now on the BIA who, while working as lower court judges, granted asylum at abysmally and unusually […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 18, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Greg Miller, Peter F. Mueller, “Compromised Encryption Machines Gave Cia Window Into Major Human Rights Abuses in South America” (The Washington Post, February 18, 2020). What the documents don’t show is any substantial effort by U.S. spy agencies, or senior officials privy to the intelligence, to […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 17, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Caitlin Dickerson, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities” (The New York Times, February 17, 2020). Agents from a special tactical team that normally confronts smugglers on the border are being sent to sanctuary cities across the country Nick Miroff, Maria […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, February 18 1:30–3:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Next Stop Caracas: Venezuela’s Uncertain Path Forward (RSVP required). Friday, February 21 8:30–10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: OAS Secretary General Candidate Series: Hugo de Zela (RSVP required).

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5 links from the past week

Some Latin American militaries have a particular clique, usually an academy graduating class, that rises to leadership and leaves a mark on the institution—often for the worse. At ProPublica, Melissa del Bosque identifies a ”tanda” in the U.S. Border Patrol: a group of agents who served in Douglas, Arizona in the 1990s and rose to […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 14, 2020 Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Western Hemisphere Regional Tim Rogers, “How Independent Journalists in Latin America Are Finding New Ways to Hold Power to Account” (Nieman Reports, February 14, 2020). Across the hemisphere, the combination of weak democracies, authoritarian creep, struggling economies, government retaliation against advertisers, and worsening levels […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 13, 2020 Colombia David Fernando Correal, Andres Palencia, Ana Cristina Restrepo, Jorge Restrepo, “Monitor de Violencia Politica en Colombia” (CERAC (Colombia), February 13, 2020). Persiste el riesgo en las actividades políticas, pese a una sustancial reducción en las muertes por violencia política en 2019 ““Hare Uso de Mi Derecho a Guardar […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 12, 2020 Brazil Robert Muggah, Pedro Augusto Pereira, “Brazil’s Risky Bet on Tech to Fight Crime” (Igarape Institute, Americas Quarterly, February 12, 2020). From drones to facial recognition, police across the region are adopting digital tools. But some worry about abuse Colombia Olga Patricia Rendon M., “Ninos Siguen Llegando a las […]

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New at wola.org: The Costs of Restarting Aerial Coca Spraying in Colombia

Sometime this year, Colombia is likely to reverse 5 years of policy progress and restore a program that sprays herbicides, from aircraft, over many of the more than 119,500 rural households that live in areas so neglected and abandoned that people grow coca to earn a modest living. This makes me sad and angry, because […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 11, 2020 Colombia Luis Jaime Acosta, “Colombia Aims to Eradicate 130,000 Hectares of Coca in 2020” (Reuters, Reuters, February 11, 2020). The goal for coca eradication in 2020 is 30% higher than the previous year “Informe Anual 2019: Callar y Fingir, la Censura de Siempre” (Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa […]

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