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

The past week in U.S. policy toward Latin America

The U.S. government skipped two hearings of the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights about the Trump administration’s migration policies, including the controversial executive orders halting refugee arrivals and travelers from six Islamic nations. The hearings, taking place only 6 blocks from the State Department, went ahead with a row of empty chairs where U.S. […]

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Colombia’s New Transitional Justice Law Violates the Spirit of the Peace Accords

I just co-wrote, and WOLA just posted, a statement about a wrong turn for post-conflict Colombia. The hardest part of Colombia’s peace negotiations with the FARC guerrillas—it took 19 months to get there—was “transitional justice.” How do you hold human rights abusers accountable to their victims while still convincing them to turn in their weapons? The peace accords […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 22, 2017 Brazil “Land Rights Activist Shot Dead in Brazilian Amazon Hospital” (Reuters, The Guardian (Uk), March 22, 2017). Waldomiro Costa Pereira, an activist with the Landless Workers Movement (MST) was killed on Monday when gunmen stormed the hospital in Parauapebas in north-eastern Brazil’s Pará state Colombia “Por Lo Menos 310 […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

Disarmament “There is now an inventory of 14,000 FARC weapons that will soon pass into the UN Mission’s hands,” President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted shortly after Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas announced that figure. Villegas added that around 11,000 of the arms that the FARC will “leave aside” are rifles. The UN verification and monitoring […]

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Links From the Last Month About: Civil-Military Relations in Latin America

Chile Women may now rise to the level of general in Chile’s army, according to a regulation promulgated on International Women’s Day. Colombia Colombia’s Congress is nearing approval of a transitional justice system to try war crimes committed during the long conflict with the FARC, as envisioned in the peace accords. Retired Colombian generals are […]

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Eight things that stood out to me in the UN High Commissioner’s Human Rights Report On Colombia

Last Thursday the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) field office in Colombia released its annual report on human rights in the country, covering 2016. This agency, headed by U.S. expert Todd Howland, maintains 14 field offices around the country, closely monitors the situation, and issues recommendations to the government. The new 18-page report […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) March 20, 2017 Colombia ¡Pacifista!, Aitor Saez, “Why Has Cocaine Production Increased Since the Peace Agreement in Colombia?” (OpenDemocracy (UK), March 20, 2017). ¡PACIFISTA! visit the depths of the biggest coca-growing region in Colombia Maria Clara Calle, “Coca: Un Negocio Familiar Que Marca a la Mujer” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), March 20, 2017). […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Another week with more events than any sane person could attend. March is a busy month—it’s not always like this. Monday, March 20 8:30–1:15 at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission: Hearings on Argentina, Guatemala, Peru, and Intersex People in the Americas. 8:45–10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: The State of Skills Development in Latin America (RSVP […]

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