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: December 19, 2018

I’m around in the morning. (How to contact me) This afternoon I’m speaking and facilitating a breakout group of regional military personnel at the OAS Inter-American Defense College, which is having its annual human rights and international humanitarian law conference. In the morning I’ll be in the office, mainly catching up on correspondence and trying […]

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The day ahead: December 18, 2018

I should be around in the morning and the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got an internal meeting and a meeting with some grad students in the early afternoon. Otherwise I’ll be in the office writing a Colombia update and preparing a talk I’ll be giving tomorrow.

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The day ahead: December 17, 2018

I’ll be in meetings all day. (How to contact me) During 3 weeks of travel to Colombia and Cuba, I often replied to people who wanted to meet, “I’m back on the 17th.” Now it’s the 17th, and today and tomorrow I’m sitting down with a variety of people. Today it’s the weekly staff meeting, a […]

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The week ahead

I’m back in Washington after three weeks of travels, and need to hit the ground running. The week before Christmas tends to be slower at work, but this time it also happens to be the last week of the 115th Congress. Unless Congress and the White House make another deal to postpone things, much of […]

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Good morning from Havana

I’m off shortly to the event that has me here. Taking advantage of the $2/hour wifi in the hotel lobby because: In 4 normal days, I can easily run through a gigabyte of mobile phone data. Over 4 days in Cuba, that would cost me $2,050.

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The day ahead: December 11, 2018

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’m traveling to Havana today for a series of conversations between U.S. and Cuban scholars. Haven’t been to Cuba in 5 years and I’m very interested in seeing what has changed. I don’t know a lot of people in Cuba, and may have some dead […]

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The day/week ahead: December 10, 2018

I’m in Washington, but in meetings all day. Then, I’m traveling the rest of the week. (How to contact me) I’ve got a weekly staff meeting, a strategy session of defense and arms-control groups much of the afternoon, and a conversation with visiting members of the Colombian Senate’s peace committee. After 9:30 or so, I […]

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The day/week ahead: December 4, 2018

I’ll be in Colombia and hard to reach for the rest of the week. (How to contact me) Greetings from Dulles Airport. I’m headed back to Bogotá for the second time in two weeks. This time I’m on a panel at the Universidad del Rosario, who is bringing together a terrific group of security experts […]

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The day ahead: November 30, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I’m here in Washington and writing an internal memo about Colombia for much of the day, as well as preparing a presentation I’ll be giving in Bogotá next Wednesday.

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The week ahead: In Bogotá, briefly

I flew down to Bogotá yesterday, arriving quite late last night. I’m here for a closed-door conference on post-conflict “stabilization” hosted by the UN Resident Coordinator’s office. I’m flying back overnight Tuesday, after some meetings with government officials. Of course, I haven’t finished preparing my presentation yet—but I’ve got most of today free, so that […]

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The day ahead: November 21, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) It’s the day before Thanksgiving, one of the principal holidays of the year in the United States. We’re celebrating with family here in the Washington area, so I’m not going anywhere today, the busiest travel day of the year. I’ll be in the office […]

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The day ahead: November 20, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m meeting some grad students with a research project this morning, and having lunch with a professor at a local university whom I haven’t seen in a while. Otherwise, will be in the office, writing a Colombia update and an update about where things […]

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The day ahead: November 19, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) It’s the beginning of a week that will be truncated by the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, I fly down to Bogotá for a conference. Today, I’ve got the weekly staff meeting in the morning. After that I hope to record a podcast […]

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The day ahead: November 16, 2018

I’ll be reachable mid-day. (How to contact me) I’m spending much of the morning at the Inter-American Dialogue’s event with Fr. Francisco de Roux, head of Colombia’s new Truth Commission, and the latter part of the day in an NGO sit-down with him. In between, I’ll be in the office writing a Colombia update, talking to a […]

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The day ahead: November 15, 2018

I’ll only be around for some of the morning and late in the day. (How to contact me) I’m bringing the visiting head of Colombia’s Truth Commission to a meeting on Capitol Hill, then I have to leave that small group behind and participate in an all-afternoon planning session for WOLA’s border work. I plan […]

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