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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The day ahead: October 16, 2020

I’m reachable for much of the morning and the late afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m (hopefully) recording a podcast this morning, participating in a mid-day discussion with Colombian colleagues, and may have a border-related meeting in the afternoon. I’m writing an article for a Colombian publication and finalizing a chapter for a book. So, another busy one.

The day ahead: October 15, 2020

I’ll be hard to contact today. (How to contact me)

This morning I’ll be giving a long talk about the elections and the state of U.S. policy to a closed-door meeting organized by colleagues in Colombia. I’ll also, if time allows, be updating our database with the fiscal year 2020 border numbers that CBP released yesterday, and producing a quick memo. I’ve got meetings with two border/migration coalitions that will last much of the afternoon. This evening is the annual Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards, for which I was on the selection panel.

That’s all to say I’m pretty engaged all day and will be difficult to contact. Tomorrow I’ll be freer.

The day ahead: October 14, 2020

I’ll be difficult to contact today. (How to contact me)

I’m writing on a deadline this morning, providing a statement for lititagors in one of the challenges to a Trump administration border policy. While I’m doing that, WOLA will be publishing a report I’ve written about the border, about which I’ll be getting the word out. In the afternoon I need to prepare a talk that I’ll be giving for a private event about Colombia tomorrow.

On the calendar, I’ll be tuning in to a discussion of Bolivia that WOLA is hosting at 11:00. I’ve got an internal planning meeting mid-day, then a press interview, then I’ll be recording a new edition of WOLA’s podcast. My replies to communications could be delayed, and tomorrow’s schedule looks pretty heavy too.

The day ahead: October 13, 2020

I’ll be reachable all afternoon. (How to contact me)

We returned home last night from a long weekend with family in the mountains of rural western Virginia. It was very rainy (the remnants of Hurricane Delta lingered over us), but the landscape was beautiful.

We had very little internet access, even on mobile phones, so I’ll be spending part of the day catching up on communications. I once again have a lot of writing to do, and need to prepare a lecture for a Colombian audience for Thursday. I will be at my desk all day, with internal meetings all morning and availability in the afternoon.

The day ahead: October 9, 2020

I’m around in the morning. (How to contact me)

I got a lot of writing done yesterday, which is great, though none of it can yet be shared here. Today I’ll be doing website updates (the writing has kept me from even posting news links here since Tuesday). Then I’ll be stopping work mid-day to go spend the weekend camping. I’ll be in the woods for a few days and there probably won’t be updates here.

The day ahead: October 8, 2020

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me)

I’m 3,000 words in, and almost done with a draft report about the border. It’s drawing on numerous sources, which makes it slow going. Once I’ve got a draft out and shared with colleagues, I’ll be at my desk and reachable for the rest of the day, with no commitments on the schedule and a lot of e-mail and website updates to get through.

The day ahead: October 7, 2020

I’m sort of reachable in the morning, and most available in the early afternoon. (How to contact me)

This morning I’m scrambling to finish an article for WOLA’s website. Then I’ve got a cluster of early-afternoon meetings and interviews. Then I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon at my desk, when I’ll be easiest to contact. I expect to be working into the evening today.

The day ahead: October 6, 2020

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me)

Busy day today. I’m talking to a student with a project, having a lunch discussion with WOLA’s interns, participating in a border coalition meeting, and giving a talk about Colombia on a New School panel in the evening. In between, trying to finish a full draft of a piece about the border. My responses to messages may be delayed until tomorrow.

The day ahead: October 5, 2020

I should be reachable for much of the afternoon. (How to contact me)

I made some progress over the weekend writing a short report about the border and human rights, and will continue to do so. Not feeling enormous deadline pressure because the current news frenzy over the presidential diagnosis will distract many readers right now, anyway.

I have a few smaller bits of content that I’d like to move ahead or finish today, also. Quite a long list, actually. So I’ll be working on all of that this afternoon, when I have a schedule largely free of meetings.

The day ahead: October 2, 2020

I’ve got a couple of meetings/calls in the afternoon, but am mostly reachable. (How to contact me)

I’m behind on an article about the border, which I’d hoped to have done by yesterday. However, given this morning’s news about the president’s COVID test, that’s probably fine: anything else published today will be lost in the frenzy.

I’m here, writing, and trying not to check the U.S. news compulsively. Like a lot of you out there, probably.

The day ahead: October 1, 2020

I’m mostly reachable, with a few meetings scattered throughout the day. (How to contact me)

Getting a late start, as I was up quite late working on a WOLA article about the border. It’s still really just an outline with bits of prose hanging off of it, so there’s hours to go. I’ll keep working on that all day, intermittently, into the evening. I’d like to get the draft off of my desk before the day ends.

My kid has a doctor checkup, and I’m in a border coalition meeting and an interview with a journalist. Otherwise, I’ll be at my desk writing all day.

The day ahead: September 30, 2020

I’m around in the morning and late afternoon. (How to contact me)

If you saw last night’s presidential debate, you probably share my regret for having stayed up late to watch it. What a poor use of scarce time.

Today I’m getting a slightly late start, but the plan is to finish drafting an article for WOLA about the border. I’ve got an internal meeting mid-day and an outdoor coffee with a reporter in early afternoon, but should otherwise be mostly reachable.

The day ahead: September 29, 2020

I should be reachable much of the day, though I may have notifications off while I write. (How to contact me)

No meetings on the agenda today! I’m not sure how I managed that. I’ll have my butt in a chair all day, writing and doing some planning for the next 2-3 months.

The day ahead: September 28, 2020

I’m around in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’ve got a staff meeting and a dentist appointment this morning, so am effectively starting my workweek in the afternoon. I’ll be at my desk writing.

The day ahead: September 25, 2020

I’ll be most reachable in the early afternoon. (How to contact me)

This morning I’m doing a couple of interviews with researchers and journalists. From mid-afternoon to end of day I’ll be recording, editing, and posting a podcast. In the middle, doing some long-overdue planning and writing.

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