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) October 15, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Catherine E. Shoichet, “Why One Area Along the Us-Mexico Border Saw Drownings Triple and Water Rescues Skyrocket More Than 1000%” (CNN, October 15, 2019). Water-related deaths tripled in the Border Patrol’s Del Rio sector from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2019, according to data CNN […]

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Notes from Arauca, Colombia

Greetings from Bogotá. I’m here briefly after a few days in the department of Arauca, in northeastern Colombia along the border with Venezuela. We visited the towns of Arauca (the departmental capital), Arauquita, and Saravena, holding 17 interviews with human rights defenders, political office holders, social movements, the armed forces, youth groups, trade unionists, and […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 25, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Homeland Security Subcommittee Approves fy2020 Appropriations Bill” (U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, September 25, 2019). The FY2020 Homeland Security appropriations bill fully funds the President’s request for the border wall while also providing Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the detention capacity needed […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Emma Dumain, “Republicans Say Sc Will Recoup Military Funds Taken for Border Wall. They Can’t Be Sure” (McClatchy News Service, September 23, 2019). The mechanisms for getting the money back are far from simple and Trump administration officials don’t get to decide how these funds are […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, September 23 9:00–12:30: Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearings on Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago. 1:00–3:00 at Freedom House: Political Persecution in Venezuela: Photo Exhibition + Panel (RSVP required). Tuesday, September 24 9:00–1:45: Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearings on Canada, Peru, the United States, and region-wide migration. 9:30–11:00 at the Wilson Center: […]

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Colombia’s defense minister is a problem

Guillermo Botero is at it again. Colombia’s defense minister said that the security forces he oversees can’t capture a wanted criminal because, as a demobilized FARC member, that criminal is somehow protected by the peace accord. Leider Johani Noscue, alias “Mayimbú,” is a rearmed FARC dissident in Cauca department whose group is believed to be […]

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A bad misreading of Colombia’s moment

“Fewer than three years after Colombia’s oldest guerrilla group signed a peace agreement with the government, the terror leaders have said never mind,” reads today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal’s influential and ultraconservative editorial page. For the Journal, the defection of former chief FARC negotiator Iván Márquez and a handful of other ex-leaders means […]

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Big Colombia conference tomorrow

We’ve done this every year since 2012: organize a day-long, open-to-the-public event about Colombia. Mostly Colombia-based people, chosen because they’re good explainers, share their on-the-ground knowledge of security challenges, peace efforts, drug policy, and human rights. The next edition is tomorrow, at the National Press Club in downtown Washington. The event announcement is here. Come join […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 17, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional J. Edward Moreno, “Another Budget Fight Looms This Month in Congress Centering on Border Wall Funding” (The Texas Tribune, September 17, 2019). Democrats opposed the bill because it includes $12.2 billion to build new sections of the wall. Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster the legislation […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 16, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Manny Fernandez, Miriam Jordan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Caitlin Dickerson, “‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis” (The New York Times, September 16, 2019). Overwhelmed by desperate migrants and criticized for mistreating the people in their care, many agents have grown defensive, insular and bitter […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Highlighting that Colombia event that we’re putting on all day Wednesday. Tuesday, September 17 9:00–12:00 at the OAS (1889 F St.): “Challenges and Opportunities for Electric Mobility in the Americas” (RSVP required). Wednesday, September 18 9:00–10:00 at the Wilson Center: “Argentina in Crisis: A Conversation with Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey” (RSVP required). 9:00–4:00 at the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Bryan Pietsch, “Pentagon Pulls Funds for Military Schools, Daycare to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall” (Reuters, Reuters, September 6, 2019). The U.S. Military Academy at West Point in Schumer’s state is the most expensive project impacted in the United States with $95 million pulled from construction […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Dhs Abruptly Blocks Committee Staff Visits to Border Detention Facilities After Last Week’s Inspections Revealed Serious Problems” (House Committee on Oversight and Reform, September 3, 2019). It appears that the Administration expects Congress to be satisfied with receiving agency tours of facilities—in some cases without the […]

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