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) January 17, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Kate Brumback, Deepti Hajela, Amy Taxin, “Ap Visits Immigration Courts Across Us, Finds Nonstop Chaos” (Associated Press, Associated Press, January 17, 2020). Shrouded in secrecy, the immigration courts run by the U.S. Department of Justice have been dysfunctional for years and have only gotten worse Argentina […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 16, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Steven Dudley, Jeremy Mcdermott, “Gamechangers 2019: Backwards to the Future” (InsightCrime, January 16, 2020). The year saw a resurgence of criminal groups from seemingly bygone eras, the arrival of new presidents who tried to face these old problems with familiar but failed policies, the end of […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 15, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Nina Lakhani, “More Than 300 Human Rights Activists Were Killed in 2019, Report Reveals” (The Guardian (Uk), January 15, 2020). Two-thirds of the total killings took place in Latin America where impunity from prosecution is the norm Whitney Eulich, “Behind Latin America’s Protests, a Fading Faith […]

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At the Forum on the Arms Trade’s 2020 Annual Conference

A great conference today hosted by the Forum on the Arms Trade at the Stimson Center, “Beyond the Headlines: Redefining Responsibility in the Arms Trade.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) gave great opening remarks, and then the panels were really timely and action-oriented. I gave the overview of Latin America. I come on at around the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 14, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Robert Soutar, “How China Is Courting New Latin American Partners” (Dialogo Chino, Americas Quarterly, January 14, 2020). Instead of going it alone on symbolic projects, a range of Chinese institutional investors now see benefits in operating more like their international counterparts, working in partnerships and seeking […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 13, 2020 Chile Francisco Marin, “El Cerco Contra el Presidente Pinera” (Proceso (Mexico), January 13, 2020). El cuerpo de los Carabineros de Chile comienza a verse cercado por los tribunales y las organizaciones internacionales de defensa de los derechos humanos debido a su responsabilidad en las masivas y sistemáticas violaciones cometidas […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, January 14 9:00–12:00 at the Wilson Center: The Size and Importance of Venezuela’s Illegal Economies (RSVP required). 10:00 in Room 310, Cannon House Office Building: Hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations on Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody. Wednesday, January 15 […]

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Five links from the past week

PBS’s Frontline program ran a very good episode on how the Trump administration’s migrant crackdown has affected the twin border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. As I noted after returning from a trip there last month, the situation is very grim there. Still, it was good to see a few people I met […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 10, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Nomaan Merchant, Kevin Freking, “Private Border Wall Gets Go-Ahead From Judge” (Associated Press, Time, January 10, 2020). The U.S. government sued to stop Fisher on the grounds that building so close to the Rio Grande risked changing the flow of the river and potentially pushing floodwaters […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 9, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional “Senior State Department Official on State Department 2019 Successes in the Western Hemisphere Region” (U.S. Department of State, January 9, 2020). 2019 was a historic period of cooperation throughout the Western Hemisphere Ted Hesson, “U.S. Appeals Court Stays Judge’s Ruling Blocking Military Funds for Border Wall” […]

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Notes on the Colombian government’s draft decree to restart coca fumigation

On December 30 Colombia’s Ministry of Justice issued a draft decree that would allow it to re-start a U.S.-backed program of aerial herbicide fumigation in coca-growing zones. This program used aircraft to spray more than 4.4 million acres of Colombian territory between 1994 and 2015. In 2015, a UN World Health Organization literature review found […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 8, 2020 Bolivia Joshua Goodman, “Trump Sending Aid Mission to Bolivia Ahead of Election” (Associated Press, Associated Press, January 8, 2020). The Trump administration is sending an assessment team to Bolivia this week to discuss possible resumption of foreign aid to the Andean nation following the ouster of leftist leader Evo […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 7, 2020 Western Hemisphere Regional Aaron Cantu, “How Democrats Abetted Trump’s Bloated Border Regime” (The New Republic, January 7, 2020). Congress has funneled billions of dollars to the White House’s anti-immigration enforcement arms. Here’s how that money has been spent Jodi Wei, Zoe Todd, “‘Send Help’: Inside Cbp’s Multi-Year Staffing Struggle” […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 6, 2020 Colombia “La Otra Cara de la Guerra en Choco: El Reclutamiento Forzado” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), January 6, 2020). A finales de noviembre del año pasado, el Obispo de Quibdó, monseñor Juan Carlos Barreto, habló de por lo menos 100 menores reclutados durante el 2019, pero podrían ser más, habida […]

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Five Links from the Past Week

As many as 300 paramilitary fighters are on a new year’s offensive in Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities in the conflict-battered municipality of Bojayá, Chocó, Colombia. Semana magazine tries to explain what is happening. Colombia’s government has issued a draft decree that would govern a renewal of aerial fumigation of coca-growing areas with the highly questioned […]

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