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

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 28, 2017 Brazil Mauricio Savarese, Sarah Dilorenzo, “Brazil’s President Says Corruption Charge Is ‘Soap Opera’” (Associated Press **, June 28, 2017). The indictment itself was blistering in its assessment of Temer, saying he showed a total disregard for his office and that his actions, including secret meetings not on his official […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 27, 2017 Brazil Peter Prengaman, Mauricio Savarese, “Brazil’s Crisis Deepens as President Accused of Corruption” (Associated Press **, June 27, 2017). Even stalwart allies have begun to bail on Temer Colombia “United Nations Mission Receives the Balance of Individual Arms From the Farc-Ep in Accordance With the 29 May Road Map” […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 26, 2017 Colombia “Editorial: Sera un Dia Historico” (El Tiempo (Colombia), June 26, 2017). De no mediar hecho anómalo, para ese día los cerca de 7.000 integrantes de esta guerrilla, ubicados en los 26 puntos de concentración, habrán culminado el proceso de entrega de sus armas Marisol GÓmez Giraldo, “Llego la […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, June 26, 2017 12:00 at the Atlantic Council: Rising Chinese FDI in Latin America and the Implications for the United States (RSVP required). 1:00–2:00 at CSIS: The Rule of Law in El Salvador (RSVP required). 3:45–5:15 at the American Enterprise Institute: “Kingpins and corruption: Targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas” (RSVP required). Wednesday, […]

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Five links from the past week

Colombia Robert Karl, Greg Grandin, “Will Last Year’s Peace Treaty Survive, or Is the Past Prologue in Colombia?” (The Nation, June 23, 2017). Two historians, Grandin and Robert Karl, look at Colombia’s hopeful but deeply worrying current moment, drawing on the country’s violent past. “La Politica Detras de la Sustitucion de Cultivos” (La Silla Vacia […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 23, 2017 Brazil Rene Silva, “Let’s Stop Vigilante Attacks in Brazil” (Americas Quarterly, June 23, 2017). People who are afraid, angry, or who feel victimized look for enemies that can be eliminated, instead of searching for ways to fix a broken criminal justice system and a failed public security model Colombia […]

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WOLA Podcast: Colombia’s FARC demobilizes, but new challenges await

Here’s a half-hour conversation with Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, WOLA’s senior associate for Colombia. On June 20, 2017 the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ceased to be an armed group. But as Gimena makes clear, the hard part awaits. In a wide-ranging discussion about the current moment, we discuss next steps in the FARC demobilization, the ominous […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 21, 2017 Brazil Mauricio Savarese, “Brazil Federal Police Accuse President of Getting Bribes” (Associated Press **, June 21, 2017). If Brazil’s top prosecutor agrees with the federal police recommendation, Congress will decide whether Temer should be investigated by the Supreme Court Simon Romero, Dom Phillips, “Dagger, but No Cloak: Brazil’s Top […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 19, 2017 Brazil, Venezuela Jill Langlois, “Desperation Is Driving an Indigenous Tribe in Venezuela to Make the Trek Into Brazil” (The Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2017). Although the trip is expensive and long for the Warao — it can take multiple boat and bus rides and several weeks to reach […]

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Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America

Lessons Learned from Prior Reports on CBP’s SBI and Acquisitions Related to Securing our Border (1.1MB PDF) Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector-General, June 12, 2017. The Homeland Security Inspector-General looks at past border wall-building experiences in light of the Trump administration’s proposal to add new fencing. Central America Regional Security Initiative: Background and […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, June 20 9:00–11:00 at the Inter-American Dialogue: El Salvador 25 Years After the Peace Agreements (RSVP required). Wednesday, June 21 8:30–10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: A Conversation with Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama (RSVP required). 10:00 in Room 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building: Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on “The MS–13 Problem: […]

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Five links from the past week

Ginger Thompson, “How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico” (ProPublica, June 13, 2017). A stunning product of a lengthy investigation re-creating a massacre in Coahuila, Mexico. “The DEA took a gamble. It shared the intelligence with a Mexican federal police unit that has long had problems with leaks — even though its members had […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 16, 2017 Brazil Vera AraÚjo, “Pms de Upps Da Tijuca Agora Patrulham Tambem Asfalto” (O Globo (Brazil), June 16, 2017). Para especialistas ouvidos pelo GLOBO, a decisão da corporação pode ser o fim das UPPs Colombia Joe Parkin Daniels, “Colombia Peace Process Weathers the Storm as Farc Hands in Weapons” (The […]

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With diplomats on the sidelines, U.S.-Colombia relations begin to fray

Two things are to happen tomorrow in different parts of Miami. At Southern Command headquarters in Doral, U.S. and Central American leaders, along with high officials from Mexico and Colombia, are holding day 2 of the “Conference on Prosperity and Security,” an event put on largely by the Department of Homeland Security to discuss a new […]

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