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: February 22, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Yesterday was a bit of a wash for me. I was so tired from flying in late from the west coast, and from that string of 18-hour days of volunteering and research interviews, that it took me hours just to write the trip notes […]

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6:30 in the morning in San Diego

And I’ve already helped 2 Honduran moms, their kids, and their ankle bracelets make their way through airport security and onto their flights. Going to be a good day, I think.

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Back in San Diego

I just landed in San Diego. I’ll be here and in Tijuana all week. I’ve got a reasonably full—but not crammed—agenda and a long and evolving list of research questions (reproduced below). This is an unusual trip for me, for at least four reasons. First, I’m by myself all week, not with any colleagues. That […]

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The day ahead: February 8, 2019

I’ll be around mid-day. (How to contact me) This is my last day in the office until Thursday the 21st—I go to San Diego/Tijuana on Sunday. This morning I’ll be doing VOA’s “Foro Interamericano” show and talking to a Colombia-based reporter. In the afternoon I’ve got an all-hands meeting at WOLA and a call with a […]

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The day ahead: February 6, 2019

I’ll be around mid-afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning I’ve got (yet another) internal planning meeting, a sit-down with colleagues who work at the border, a meeting with a UN agency representative, some time this afternoon to prep my next border trip and do some documentary research, and an interview with some grad students […]

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The day ahead: February 5, 2019

I’m most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) My afternoon is spent in a meeting with a senior colleague whom I haven’t seen in a while, a conversation with an intern, and a coalition meeting on Colombia. In the morning I’ll be scrambling to do some writing on Colombia and continue setting up […]

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The day ahead: February 4, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) My day is punctuated by an NGO meeting at the Homeland Security Department, a weekly staff meeting, and a planning meeting for our border project. I go back to the border (San Diego/Tijuana) on Sunday, so what free time I have, I’ll spend planning […]

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The day ahead: February 1, 2019

I’m around in the morning and the late afternoon. (How to contact me) Other than a meeting with staff of a new member of Congress, I’m in the office today, planning my next border trip (the week after next), writing an internal workplan document, and updating my border and Colombia databases.

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The day ahead: January 31, 2019

I’m most reachable in late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got a Skype conversation with an NGO in the region in the mid-morning, and an NGO meeting with a UN agency in the mid-afternoon. Otherwise I’ll be prepping for some upcoming congressional meetings, putting together my next trip to the U.S.-Mexico […]

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The day ahead: January 30, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) This afternoon I’ve got meetings with colleagues from arms-control and border/migration groups, plus an informational interview. Otherwise I’ll be in the office, trying to write a memo about “what should go into a border budget deal” as quickly as possible, and setting up my next […]

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The day ahead: January 29, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) A forecast of light snow this afternoon won’t affect those of us who live near work, but it has postponed some meetings on my calendar. I’ll be writing and setting up an upcoming visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, and keeping an eye on a […]

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The day ahead: January 28, 2019

I’ll be around in the afternoon. (How to contact me) After our weekly staff meeting and a meeting to plan our border work, I’ll be at my desk all afternoon. I plan to be setting up my schedule during the week of February 11, when I’ll be in San Diego and Tijuana. I’ll also be […]

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The week ahead

I’m in Washington all week, and have a lighter meeting schedule. That’s good because I’m headed back to San Diego and Tijuana the week of February 11th, and would like to do a lot of writing, research, and congressional visits before then.

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The day ahead: January 25, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ll be in meetings again today, for about 5 hours. A sit-down between a few NGOs and a State Department official, and a visit to the University of Maryland to check in with a group of students whom I’ve been advising on a project researching […]

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The day ahead: January 24, 2019

I’ll be most reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I don’t work much on Venezuela, so while I’m watching what happens there, it’s probably not going to dominate my day. I’m taking my daughter for a doctor’s appointment, have a meeting with folks from another NGO, and am meeting this afternoon with […]

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