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.

Life

The day ahead: August 17, 2018

I’ll probably be most reachable mid-morning and mid-afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m having early lunch with a congressional staffer, and ending the day early because it’s my daughter’s birthday. Otherwise in the office, writing about Colombia.

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The day ahead: August 16, 2018

I’ll only be reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ll be at a Colombia-related meeting this morning at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Then I have an errand (time to renew my driver’s license after 10 years). Then I’ll be in the office, writing about Colombia. I have to leave a bit early for […]

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The day ahead: August 15, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’m in the office again. Yesterday I finished a near-final draft of our third and final report on the state of the U.S.-Mexico border and migration, based on our June Arizona trip (here’s parts one and two). I’m sure colleagues here will suggest changes, then we’ll get […]

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The day ahead: August 14, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Other than a morning conversation with a reporter, I plan to be in the office writing all day, polishing our next report on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The day ahead: August 13, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning, in addition to the weekly staff meeting and check-ins, I need to fix an authentication glitch in the server running defenseoversight.wola.org, my database of things. Hopefully won’t take too long, but you never know. Otherwise, I want to edit and approve the […]

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The week ahead: August 13, 2018

With Congress (mostly) gone, universities out, and a fraction of people on vacation, August is one of the slowest times of the year in Washington, rivaled only by late December. It’s way easier to get a parking space, or a table in a restaurant, than it normally is. At work, it’s a good time to catch […]

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The day ahead: August 10, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’m in the office all day—another rare day with no meetings. Washington’s August slowdown is here. I’ll be making the most of it by doing some writing about both Colombia and the border.

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The day ahead: August 9, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Other than a family-related errand (train station drop-off) in the middle of the day, I’ve got no commitments on the calendar today. Yesterday, the release of CBP’s July migration numbers kept me from completing my workplan for the next couple of months, as I’d […]

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Someone spotted a bald eagle sitting on a D.C. rowhouse

From DC’s “Prince of Petworth” blog. When I was a kid in the northeast United States in the ’70s, we almost never saw eagles, hawks, or even vultures in the wild, because there was still so much DDT pesticide in the system (banned in 1972). I didn’t see a bald eagle outside of a zoo […]

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The day ahead: August 8, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’ve got no meetings scheduled on this second day back from vacation, and within a few more hours, I should be caught up with correspondence, receipts, news, and urgent readings. My goal by end of day is to have the next few months’ work […]

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The day ahead: August 7, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Just returned from vacation in the UK yesterday, and am trying to make my peace with time zones. Whenever I return from vacation, I’m full of ideas for things to work on—but end up having to dedicate the first day back (and sometimes the […]

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10 days of vacation

Saturday the 28th through Monday the 6th: I’m going (mostly) offline. My wife had a milestone birthday earlier in the year, and we decided to celebrate it with a family trip to Great Britain, a country that neither of us knows well. If I’m vacationing properly, posts to this site and elsewhere will be infrequent […]

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The day ahead: July 26, 2018

I’m most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) I’ll be at the State Department for a while this afternoon for a regular NGO check-in on Colombia’s human rights situation. And I’ll end the workday early to bid farewell to Sebastián Bernal, our stalwart program assistant on WOLA’s Colombia Program, who is leaving us for grad […]

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The day ahead: July 25, 2018

I’m in and out of meetings all day. (How to contact me) Having lunch with a journalist, a dentist appointment in the afternoon, and various office check-ins. Also, I’m going away for 10 days’ vacation starting Saturday and am realizing there’s a lot of small commitments to nail down between now and then. All of […]

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The day ahead: July 24, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) It’s my one day of the week with no meetings or events (though I’ll have an eye on today’s House hearing about the National Guard deployment at the border). I plan to do a lot of writing about Colombia and catching up on smaller […]

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