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, February 11, 2019 2:30–3:30 at the Heritage Foundation: Venezuela at a Tipping Point (RSVP required). 5:30–7:30 at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies: Foreign Policy in Bolsonaro’s Brazil (RSVP required). Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:30–1:00 at the Wilson Center: Seventh Annual U.S.-Mexico Security Conference: New Government, Old Challenges in Mexico’s Security Landscape […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional , Angela Kocherga, “Nm to Withdraw National Guard From Border” (The Albuquerque Journal, February 6, 2019). “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country,” Lujan Grisham […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 5, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Jim Norman, “Solid Majority Still Opposes New Construction on Border Wall” (Gallup, February 5, 2019). Since Trump’s election, the proportion of Americans wanting to increase immigration levels has grown — from 21% in June 2016 to a record-high 30% now Karoun Demirjian, “Congress Braces for Trump […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Daniella Silva, “Pentagon to Deploy Additional 3,750 U.S. Forces to U.S.-Mexico Border” (NBC News, February 4, 2019). Two days later after a defense official testified before the House Armed Services Committee, committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith criticized department officials for not disclosing the increase in troops […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, February 4 2:30-5:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: “Venezuela: Between Hope and Uncertainty” (RSVP required). Tuesday, February 5 8:30-11:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: “Corruption Prosecutions in the Americas: A Comparative Analysis” (RSVP required). 12:30-2:00 at Georgetown University: “U.S Foreign Policy for South America 2003 to 2015” (RSVP required). Wednesday, February 6 10:15 in Room SH-216, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) February 1, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alan Fram, Andrew Taylor, “Pelosi and Trump Harden Their Positions on a Border Wall” (Associated Press, Time, February 1, 2019). Democrats offered further details of their border security plan Thursday, unveiling a measure that would provide no wall funds Justin Glawe, “Whitaker Eyes Axing Asylum for […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 31, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Nancy A. Youssef, “Pentagon Sending More Than 3,500 Additional Troops to Mexico Border” (The Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2019). More than 3,500 active-duty troops will be sent to the border, according to a letter written by Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.), chairman of the House […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 30, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Molly o’toole, “Lawmakers Are Uneasy About Using Military Money and Active-Duty Troops at Border” (The Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2019). The Defense Department officials said they were engaged in planning around the possibility of Trump’s declaring a national emergency and tapping into either military construction […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 29, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alicia A. Caldwell, “Illegal Migrant Crossings Surge in Remote New Mexico Desert” (The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2019). Official statistics aren’t available for this barely populated area of New Mexico, but agents say groups of 100 or more migrants have crossed the border there at […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:00 in Room 2118, Rayburn House Office Building: Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on “Department of Defense’s Support to the Southern Border.” 12:30–2:00 at CSIS: A Conversation with Venezuela’s New Special Representative to the OAS, Gustavo Tarre (RSVP required). Wednesday, January 30, 2019 9:00–10:30 at the Atlantic Council: Guaidó […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 28, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Felicia Sonmez, Robert Costa, “Trump Will Secure Border ‘With or Without Congress,’ Mulvaney Says” (The Washington Post, January 28, 2019). President Trump is again considering invoking emergency powers to build his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval “Editorial: Convicted for Leaving Water for […]

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This just screams “phone wallpaper”

“A promotional map of the Pan-American Highway produced by Standard Oil,” from “The Collection of Eric Rutkow” in the New York Times’ review of Rutkow’s new history of the Pan-American Highway.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown” (The New York Times, January 23, 2019). If both measures fall short, the votes could add new energy to efforts to negotiate a bipartisan compromise Kristine Phillips, “They Left Food and Water […]

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