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) April 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alfredo Corchado, “‘This Is All One Big Lie.’ Why This Migrant Just Wishes He Could Go Home” (The Dallas Morning News, April 23, 2019). The America they were told about was a lie. They were not welcomed with open arms Jean Guerrero, “The Border Realities Beneath […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 22, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Angela Kocherga, “Most of Trump ‘Emergency’ Wall Goes Through Nm” (The Albuquerque Journal, April 22, 2019). The Trump administration’s declaration calls for $1 billion being diverted from military projects to build 57 miles of bollard barriers, with 46 of those miles in New Mexico’s Doña Ana […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Thursday, April 25 8:30–10:30 at the Notre Dame University Keogh School: Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis and Struggle for Democracy (RSVP required). 9:00 at the Atlantic Council: Venezuela After Maduro: A Vision for the Country’s Future (RSVP required). Friday, April 26 8:30–10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Institutions for Productivity: Towards a Better Business Environment in Latin America […]

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The trashing of a once useful State Department report

Every March, the State Department publishes an annual report, required by law, providing a global survey of what countries around the world are doing to reduce supply and demand for illicit drugs. The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) is a bit of a drug-war relic, but it contains a lot of information unavailable elsewhere, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 19, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Manny Fernandez, “One of the Deadliest Places on the Southwest Border” (The New York Times, April 19, 2019). Since January 2009, the bodies or skeletal remains of 642 migrants have been discovered in Brooks County Simon Romero, “Militia in New Mexico Detains Asylum Seekers at Gunpoint” […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 18, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Alicia A. Caldwell, “Yuma, Ariz., Declares State of Emergency Over Migrant Crisis” (The Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2019). U.S. Border Patrol agents released nearly 1,300 migrants in Yuma, which has a population of about 100,000, in the past three weeks Dara Lind, “Attorney General Barr […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 17, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Katie Benner, Michael D. Shear, “In New Effort to Deter Migrants, Barr Withholds Bail to Asylum Seekers” (The New York Times, April 17, 2019). Mr. Barr’s decision does not affect unaccompanied children or families who cross into the United States illegally. A longstanding settlement in a […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:30–6:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: A Conversation with Lenín Moreno (RSVP required). Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:00–5:30 at the George Washington University Marvin Center: Nicaraguan Women Under Repression (RSVP required).

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On Colombia’s peace process, the U.S. government has moved from “support” to “opposition”

On March 10, Colombian President Iván Duque sent a shock wave through the country’s delicate peace process with the former FARC guerrillas. He sent several objections to Congress—sort of a line-item veto—about the law underlying the transitional justice system at the heart of the accord, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). All governments that have […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, April 8 10:00–11:30 at the Wilson Center: Testing the Resilience of Brazil’s Democracy (RSVP required). 1:00–2:30 at the Wilson Center: The Future of Argentina: A Conversation with Sergio Uñac (RSVP required). 3:00 in Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building: Update: Peace and Victims’ Rights in Colombia. Tuesday, April 9 8:30–5:00 at the U.S. Institute […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Aaron Martinez, Aaron Montes, Vic Kolenc, “Cbp to Close Cargo Lanes at el Paso International Bridge as It Shifts Officers to Aid Migrant Processing” (The El Paso Times, April 4, 2019). McAleenan announced that CBP officers currently at the ports of entry would be reassigned to […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Julian Borger, “Latin Americans Fear Precedent Set by Legal Justification for Syria Intervention” (The Guardian (Uk), April 3, 2019). Countries fear that legal standard of states being ‘unwilling or unable’ to deal with terrorism could be used in Latin America Nick Miroff, “Ruben Garcia Has Sheltered […]

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The day ahead: April 2, 2019

I’ll be around in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) We’ve got a draft piece about the current border situation that I’d like to post ASAP, and I’ll be scrambling to finish by bits of it before 10:00, when I start a series of meetings: 2 internal strategy meetings, a visit to the Mexican […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 1, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Editorial: Yes, There’s a Problem at the Border. Trump’s Wall Won’t Fix It.” (The Washington Post, April 1, 2019). Mr. McAleenan would like Congress to give him authority to hold these migrants for up to eight weeks. That would allow time to process their claims, which […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, April 1 2:00–3:00 at the Wilson Center: A Conversation with Congressman Michael McCaul (RSVP required). 3:00–4:30 at WOLA: Violence, Crime, and Governance in Colombia’s Borderlands (RSVP required). Tuesday, April 2 8:30–9:30 at the Wilson Center: Strengthening Counter-Narcotics Cooperation with Mexico and Central America: A Conversation with Senator John Cornyn (RSVP required). Thursday, April 4 […]

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