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: April 28, 2017

I should be reachable in the late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) Yesterday WOLA published two things that I co-authored: a huge resource about U.S. military and police aid around the world, and a brief analysis of the White House’s proposal to hire a lot more Border Patrol and ICE agents. I’m going to […]

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The day ahead: April 27, 2017

I should be reachable in the morning and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I have a long-ish meeting today of the selection committee for the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. It’ll be nice to see everyone on that group. When not there, I’ll be in the office dashing off dozens of e-mails and messages, […]

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The day ahead: April 26, 2017

I won’t be in my office at all today, except for a brief period in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got an interview with Voice of America, a planning meeting for our border work, a meeting with a journalist, and an event at the National Defense University where Colombia’s military is talking about peace […]

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The day ahead: April 25, 2017

I won’t be in my office at all today. (How to contact me) I’m giving a talk about Colombia this morning to a classroom full of diplomats-in-training at the Foreign Service Institute. Then I hope to stop at home on the way to the office and record a podcast. This was going to be about Donald Trump’s insistence […]

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The day ahead: April 24, 2017

Other than a narrow window around mid-day, I am in meetings all day today. (How to contact me) I’ve got a weekly staff meeting, and there’s a lot to plan for this week, with Trump’s border wall playing a central role in the debate over the federal budget, which expires Friday. (That’s the last weekday of Trump’s […]

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The week ahead

It’s going to be one of those weeks: it’s Monday morning and there’s already nearly 20 hours of meetings and events on the calendar. These include a visit from the ICRC, giving a talk at the Foreign Service Institute, a National Defense University event on Colombia’s military and the post-conflict, and a meeting to nominate […]

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The day ahead: April 21, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) No meetings today. Today’s big project is moving my defense oversight database from my “drafts” domain (defenseassistance.org) to wola.org. No idea how long that will take. I’d also like to record a podcast about border security, but that might get pushed off to the weekend.

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The day ahead: April 20, 2017

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) Yesterday morning I thought I had no meetings scheduled, but a conversation with a member of Congress got moved to yesterday afternoon, which was great but it’s is the main reason I hardly posted anything here yesterday. Today I’m meeting a Russian diplomat who asked to […]

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The day ahead: April 19, 2017

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I got a lot done yesterday: an article, a podcast, some interviews, and a planning meeting. Today, for some reason, I have no meetings scheduled, so I’ll be working at home in the morning, as my daughter’s school is closed this week. There are a lot […]

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I’ll be on Colombia’s “Semana en Vivo” at 9:00 EDT / 8:00 Colombia

Today’s panel discussion at the TV talk show of Colombia’s weekly newsmagazine will ask, “Has World War III already started without us noticing?” (Or “¿Será que ya comenzó la tercera guerra mundial y no nos hemos dado cuenta?“) Sort of gives you a sense of how people around the world are viewing the Trump administration’s […]

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The day ahead: April 18, 2017

I should be reachable in the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m getting a late start today, after staying up a bit last night working on a response to former Colombian President Uribe’s message to the U.S. Congress, a bit of unplanned work. That’s not done yet, so I’m working on it […]

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The day ahead: April 17, 2017

I should be reachable in the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I have a planning meeting in the morning and a car-repair errand after lunch. The rest of the time, I should be at a computer, starting the process of moving a gigantic database and new report from my personal staging site, defenseassistance.org, to […]

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The week ahead

I’m in Washington all week and look forward to doing a lot of writing, research, and meetings in Congress. By the end of this week, I hope to have: Our huge report listing 107 U.S. military and police aid programs completely out the door. This weekend I finished what I think is the last bit […]

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