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 19, 2018

I’ll be easiest to reach in the late morning and the late afternoon. (How to contact me) Yesterday, we fondly saw off our terrific delegation of Colombian leaders, experts, and advocates, who did a great job explaining the country’s challenges at Tuesday’s conference and subsequent meetings. We’ll post the conference videos (without translation, sorry) next […]

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The day ahead: October 16, 2018

I’ll be very hard to reach through the end of Thursday. (How to contact me) We’re putting on a big conference about Colombia today, and I’ll be accompanying our group of visitors on Wednesday and Thursday. That means this website won’t be updated, and I’ll be hard to reach. I hope all goes well, and will […]

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The day ahead: October 15, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) We’re putting on a big Colombia conference tomorrow, and our guests arrive this afternoon and evening. Most of the day will be spent preparing for that; we want to put on a good show tomorrow. First, though, I’m in internal WOLA meetings until lunchtime.

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The week ahead

Eight guests from Colombia are arriving in Washington today. We’re putting on a big conference with them tomorrow, and have some side meetings around town on Wednesday and Thursday. That makes for a full schedule. This site will go semi-dormant this week, because I won’t be sitting at a computer keyboard very often.

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Weekly Update #8 is out

Here’s the latest. A conference announcement and lots of other events in town. A Colombia peace update. Links about what’s been going on with Latin American civil-military relations. Music recommendations, and links to some great writing by others. To get these in your e-mail, just add your name and e-mail here, and look for the […]

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The day ahead: October 12, 2018

I’m in meetings nearly all day. (How to contact me) Several representatives of USAID’s Colombia mission are in town for a day of consultations with civil society (that’s us). That ends mid-afternoon, after which I’ll be doing preparatory work for Tuesday’s big Colombia conference and meeting with a visiting UN human rights official.

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The day ahead: October 11, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the mid- and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I have a full complement of meetings, calls, and interviews until mid-afternoon, after which I’ll mainly be helping prepare for the arrival of the large group of Colombian colleagues who’ll be here next week to participate in a conference and lots of side […]

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The day ahead: October 10, 2018

I’m hard to reach today. (How to contact me) Ever have most of your meeting requests and commitments gravitate toward one day on your calendar? That’s today for me. I’m in meetings and conference calls continuously, with perhaps a half-hour break, between 9:00 and 7:00 today. I’ll be hard to contact and barely checking e-mail. […]

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The day ahead: October 9, 2018

I’ll be available in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got weekly and planning meetings in the office until around lunchtime. In the afternoon I’ll be reachable as I help prepare for the conference we’re holding in a week and finish my nearly done draft of a giant report on Colombia.

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The day ahead: October 8, 2018

With the office closed, I’m intermittently available today. (How to contact me) It’s Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day, and WOLA’s office building is closed. So is my kid’s school. So I’ll be at home alternating between “family time” and writing a big report about Colombia.

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Weekly Update #7 is out

Here’s the latest. It’s got links to three analyses of Colombia I published last week. A conference announcement. Event announcements, music, and links to some great writing by others. To get these in your e-mail, just add your name and e-mail here, and look for the confirmation e-mail in your inbox. I promise never to share […]

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The day ahead: October 5, 2018

I’m reachable, but working at home. (How to contact me) I’m in the middle of drafting a long but fascinating report telling the post-conflict story of Colombia’s central Pacific coast region, where we visited a month ago. I’ll be spending the entire day doing that, working at home wearing comfortable clothes with music at high volume. […]

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The day ahead: October 4, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I wrote thousands of words yesterday and our next Colombia report is really taking shape. Today, though, I’m going to put that aside and run through a long list of smaller tasks and commitments—some related to upcoming travel, some related to the conference we’ve […]

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The day ahead:October 3, 2018

I’ll be most reachable mid-day and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m deep into report-writing today (the report based on our fieldwork in Colombia a month ago). Other than two meetings in the afternoon, I’ll be at the keyboard trying to make the cursor go from left to right as fast as possible. Responses […]

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The day ahead: October 2, 2018

I’m reachable most of the day, until mid-afternoon (How to contact me) Today’s goal is to make a big leap forward on a report based on our fieldwork in Colombia at the beginning of September. A good three or four hours of uninterrupted writing would be ideal and amazing. Then, mid-afternoon, I’m headed out to the […]

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