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.

Latin America

Latin American civil-military relations: links from the past month

Western Hemisphere Regional Rebecca Bill Chavez, “The Return of Latin America’s Military” (The New York Times, August 14, 2018). the administration has an opening this week to demonstrate commitment to our core principles by stating its opposition to the militarization of law enforcement, which represents a challenge to liberal democracy across much of Latin America […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 17, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Chris Rickerd, “Border Officials Are Still Defending Family Separations” (American Civil Liberties Union, August 17, 2018). Yes, CBP considers that it acted “to protect families and children” by separating families who turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents to seek protection in the United States David […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 16, 2018 Brazil Brazil: Murder of Indigenous Leader Highlights Threat to Way of Life, “Brazil: Murder of Indigenous Leader Highlights Threat to Way of Life” (Flávia Milhorance , The Guardian (Uk), August 16, 2018). Members of the tribe say his death was the result of a fierce conflict provoked by the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 15, 2018 El Salvador Bryan Avelar, “A Former el Salvador President’s Story of How He Stole” (InsightCrime, August 15, 2018). Saca, who was arrested in 2016, had made a deal with the Attorney General’s Office: If he confessed, he would face a lighter sentence Guatemala Stephanie Leutert, “How a Crisis in […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 14, 2018 Argentina Horacio Jaunarena, “Falta Definir el Alcance del Apoyo de las Fuerzas Armadas a las de Seguridad” (Perfil (Argentina), August 14, 2018). La primera cuestión que debe definirse con precisión, ya que el decreto no la aborda, es qué significado y alcance tiene el concepto de “apoyo logístico” provisto […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 13, 2018 Argentina Rut Diamint, “Faltan Mayores Precisiones en la Reforma Militar” (Clarin (Argentina), August 13, 2018). Las nuevas amenazas afectan especialmente algunas vulnerabilidades del Estado, ya sean estas deficiencias en los controles migratorios, la indulgencia ante tráficos ilegales, o la complicidad con actores violentos. Y ellas no se neutralizan con […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 10, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Gina Martinez, “More Than 500 Separated Children Remain in U.S. Custody” (Time, August 10, 2018). The Trump Administration said 386 children had not been reunited because their parents were “outside the U.S.” Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ellen Mitchell, “Mattis to Travel to South America to Meet […]

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Two speeches show the bipolar nature of Colombia’s new ruling party

Inauguration day in Colombia, August 7, will be remembered for two speeches that left observers scratching their heads about what direction the new government of President Iván Duque will take the country. Duque gave an hourlong speech listing dozens of policy priorities. There were so many, it was hard to pick out those he viewed […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 9, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ron Nixon, “Carla Provost Becomes the First Woman to Lead the Border Patrol” (The New York Times, August 9, 2018). Currently, women in the Border Patrol make up only about 5 percent of the agents, one of the lowest proportions among federal law enforcement agencies Miriam […]

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What it takes to answer a simple question about U.S. military aid

This week, two people—a journalist and a congressional staffer—wrote me with variations on the same question: “How much aid is the United States giving the military and police in Honduras this year?” Seems like a simple question, but it’s not. Because U.S. government reporting to Congress is so poor, all I can give is a […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 8, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Miroff, “Amid Migrants’ Complaints of Frigid Holding Cells, a Battle for Control of Border Thermostats” (The Washington Post, August 8, 2018). The stories of trembling detainees and harsh conditions prompted U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee, who oversees compliance with Flores, to order the […]

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USAID Colombia evaluation is out

I’m very happy that the U.S. Agency for International Development has posted our independent evaluation (PDF) of its “Colombia Transforma” program, which through 2018 has supported $43 million in “rapid response” efforts to implement Colombia’s peace accord. I worked on this evaluation earlier this year; regular visitors to this site know that this work had […]

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Virginia “Ginny” Bouvier: An Indefatigable Voice for Peace and Inclusion

While I was away on vacation, the Latin American Studies Association’s LASA Forum published an obituary I wrote for a badly missed colleague, Virginia (Ginny) Bouvier, who passed away just over a year ago. Ever the optimist—and always curious about new ways to communicate—Ginny started a blog, Colombia Calls, in late July 2012, a month before […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 7, 2018 Brazil “Brazil: Bolsonaro Puts Military General as Vp on Election Ticket” (Al Jazzeera, August 7, 2018). Last year, Mourao controversially expressed support for a military intervention into politics in order to clean up Brazil’s mounting social problems Brazil, Venezuela Anthony Boadle, “Brazilian Judge Orders Border Closed to Venezuelan Immigrants” […]

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Who are Colombia’s “Black Eagles?”

“The weeks following the [June 17] elections witnessed an upsurge in killings of social leaders,” reads last Friday’s UN Secretary-General report on Colombia. The killings have come alongside an even larger wave of death threats sent to political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and social leaders in just about every corner of the country. Often, […]

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