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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Today (Wednesday 16th) is the second day in October during which I’ll spend all 24 hours in Washington. I was in Colombia September 30-October 11, then in New York for family reasons on the 12-14. And tomorrow I fly back to Bogotá. I’ll be participating in a conference, hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, that […]

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Back in Colombia

Here’s the unremarkable view from my hotel near the Bogotá, Colombia airport. We just arrived last night, and in a couple of hours we’ll be flying to another region of the country. If I post from that region at all, it will be content that doesn’t reveal my location. I’ll be back in Bogotá on […]

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The next two weeks

I’m leaving Monday morning for an 11-day visit to Colombia. We’ll be doing field research in two regions of the country, plus a couple of days in Bogotá. It’s shaping up to be an incredible trip, though there’s never enough time to do things as thoroughly as one would like. That’s four days from now. […]

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The day ahead: September 26, 2019

Except for a moment around mid-day, I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) My calendar shows three calls scheduled today with mostly academic colleagues in the U.S. and Europe. I’m also taking my daughter for her annual doctor checkup in the early afternoon. This evening WOLA is holding a public reception for […]

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The day ahead: September 25, 2019

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) Other than an internal meeting in the morning, I should be around today. My goal is to make huge progress on a report about the Mexico-Guatemala border, so that I can have an advanced draft in process by the time I travel to Colombia […]

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The day ahead: September 24, 2019

I’m at an all-day conference. (How to contact me) I’ll be attending an all-day discussion at the U.S. Institute of Peace about implementation of the the “Leahy Law,” a 20-plus-year-old condition that (in theory) stops U.S. security assistance to foreign units that violate human rights with impunity. I’ll be hard to contact.

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The day ahead: September 23, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I spent the weekend writing a memo about police assistance, then a declaration for one of the several cases being litigated against the Trump administration’s efforts to limit asylum. Today, I’ve got a long morning staff meeting, coffee with a colleague in the afternoon, and […]

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The day ahead: September 20, 2019

I’m more reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) We bade farewell to our excellent Colombian visitors / conference participants last night. Today, I should be at WOLA all day, writing and catching up. I have an internal strategy meeting and coffee with a journalist in the afternoon.

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The day ahead: September 19, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) After a very well-attended and lively conference yesterday, I’m accompanying our Colombian visitors on a schedule of meetings with officials around Washington. While this should be a great day, I won’t be available to talk, or do much writing, while this is happening.

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The day ahead: September 18, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today, we’re putting on a conference. (How to contact me) We’re hosting an all-day conference on Colombia today with a great lineup of speakers. If you can’t come, I’m told there will be a livestream and archived video here.

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The day ahead: September 17, 2019

I’ll be sporadically reachable all day. (How to contact me) Our big Colombia conference is tomorrow, some of our panelists have arrived already, and I’ll be helping out with that over the course of the day, as well as finishing the talk I’ll be giving about coca eradication. If you’re in Washington, I hope you’ll […]

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The day ahead: September 16, 2019

I should be reachable for much of the afternoon. (How to contact me) On Wednesday, we’re putting on our big annual conference taking the measure of Colombia’s peace process. Our speakers mostly arrive tomorrow. When not in morning staff meetings, I’ll be helping with that and doing some writing all afternoon.

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Sunday morning run

It was a 20-mile race aimed at a population of slower runners like me (hence the name “Revenge of the Penguins”). Still, it was nice at my advanced age to finish 24th out of 117 people on a sunny late-summer morning in Washington. It was downright pleasant jogging along the canal that follows the Potomac […]

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The day ahead: September 13, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) The WOLA human rights award gala last night went really well (and ran quite late as people stayed around for along time after the ceremonies ended). This morning, I’m sitting in on an event with some Colombian visitors. Then I’ll be in the office the […]

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The day ahead: September 12, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) WOLA’s annual human rights award dinner is this evening, and I look forward to seeing lots of people in our community. Our board will also be meeting in our offices mid-day. When not doing that, I’ll be reachable and dealing with a […]

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