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) July 16, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Miroff, Arelis R. Hernandez, Kevin Sieff, “Trump Administration Moves to Restrict Asylum Access, Aiming to Curb Central American Migration” (The Washington Post, July 16, 2019). The move brought immediate threats of legal challenge; the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) contains broad provisions that allow […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 11, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Maria Sacchetti, “‘Kids in Cages’: House Hearing Examines Immigration Detention as Democrats Push for More Information” (The Washington Post, July 11, 2019). “There is no excuse for our government being so unprepared and indifferent to refugee flows that have been steadily mounting for months,” Raskin said […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 10, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Robert Muggah, “Violent Crime Has Undermined Democracy in Latin America” (Igarape Institute, The Financial Times (UK), July 10, 2019). Last year, a mere 13 per cent of them expressed confidence in their national political parties, compared with 44 per cent who supported the armed forces Alan […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, July 9 11:00-12:30 at AEI: Beyond walls and tariffs: Responding to migration challenges at the US-Mexico border (RSVP required). 3:00 in Room 222, Russell Senate Office Building: Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee on Implementation of the National Defense Strategy in the United States Southern Command Area of Responsibility. […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) July 8, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Simon Romero, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Manny Fernandez, Daniel Borunda, Aaron Montes, Caitlin Dickerson, “Hungry, Scared and Sick: Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex.” (The New York Times, July 8, 2019). An out-of-the-way border station in the desert outside of El Paso has become the epicenter […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 28, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Two Soldiers Died by Suicide Along the Mexico Border, Me Says” (Associated Press, Military Times, June 28, 2019). A medical examiner says two soldiers helping secure the Mexico border in Arizona died by suicide Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Emily Cochrane, “House Passes Senate Border Bill in Striking […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 25, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Jonathan Blitzer, “Ice Agents Are Losing Patience With Trump’s Chaotic Immigration Policy” (The New Yorker, June 25, 2019). Preparations that would typically take field officers six to eight weeks were compressed into a few days, and, because of Trump’s tweet, the officers would be entering communities […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 24, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Editorial: There’s No Excuse for Mistreating Children at the Border. Here’s What to Do About It.” (The New York Times, June 24, 2019). President Trump has promoted policies that undermine all these goals, and Congress has failed to agree on a coherent vision. You can help […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, June 25 8:30–4:30 at the Wilson Center: Progress at Risk? First Annual Conference on Security, Migration, and Rule of Law in the Northern Triangle of Central America (RSVP required). 3:30–5:00 at WOLA: Risks and Challenges for Asylum Seekers in Mexico (RSVP required). Wednesday, June 26 9:30 in Room 342, Dirksen Senate Office Building: Hearing […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 18, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Priscilla Alvarez, Geneva Sands, “Trump Admin Considers Temporary Courts Along the Southern Border” (CNN, June 18, 2019). Site assessments have been completed for almost all the ports of entry to determine where such temporary immigration courts, described by sources as “soft-sided,” would be needed Colombia Tatiana […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) June 17, 2019 Colombia Joe Parkin Daniels, “Journalist Finally Brings Attackers to Justice but Warns: ‘Colombia’s Sliding Backwards’” (The Guardian (Uk), June 17, 2019). “When you see social leaders threatened, when you hear women threatened with rape if they don’t shut up, when you see journalists attacked for not toeing the government […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Tuesday, June 18 1:00–3:00 at WOLA: Cuban Women’s Voices in a Changing Economy and Society (RSVP required). Wednesday, June 19 10:30 in Room 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building: Hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Full Committee Markup of the Emergency Border Supplemental. 12:30–1:30 at the Newseum: Turned Away: No Refuge for People Forced From […]

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Video of my long talk, in Mexico, about “militaries as police”

Many thanks to Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana, who along with several other groups organized a May 21-22 conference in Mexico City on the need for civilians to be in charge of security, at a time when it is militarizing throughout Latin America. They asked me to give a talk about citizen security and the military’s involvement, […]

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My notes from Monday’s talk at the Kroc Institute’s Colombia peace conference

I enjoyed participating in a June 10 panel discussion at a seminar in Washington, “The Colombian peace process after two years,” hosted by Notre Dame University’s Kroc Institute for International Affairs. Colombia’s 2016 peace accord gives this Institute, which maintains a database of worldwide peace processes, a formal role in monitoring the accord’s implementation. I […]

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