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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Day ahead

The day ahead: May 10, 2021

Today is tough, I should be easier to contact tomorrow. (How to contact me)

I didn’t actually make it to bed last night, I’ve been in this chair since about 9:30pm. So once my two long internal morning meetings are over (mid-day) I may need a bit of a nap before my two mid-to-late afternoon meetings start, one with a few Colombian colleagues and one with a partner organization at the U.S.-Mexico border. I expect to be less scheduled and more able to string words together tomorrow.

The day ahead: May 6, 2021

I’ll be hard to reach today, though later afternoon is easiest. (How to contact me)

It’s going to be a busy one. Taking my kid to the dentist in the morning, in-person lunch with a European diplomat, and writing the weekly border update the rest of the afternoon. The Colombia situation has me behind on news, so I’ve got some catching up to do. If—as often happens around this time of month—CBP posts April migration numbers, this will take longer. All of this means I’ll be hard to reach today.

The day ahead: May 4, 2021

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me)

I’ve tried to keep today’s agenda clear to do some writing and research as due dates loom. I’ll be doing that, and taking the occasional break because I was up later than I meant to be, as I tracked the violence in Colombian cities last night.

The day ahead: April 30, 2021

I’m most reachable late morning and mid-to-late afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m just now finishing up our latest weekly border update, and have some early afternoon coalition meetings and a meeting with a student group late in the day. Otherwise I should be reachable.

The day ahead: April 29, 2021

I’m more available today, but not in early afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m in a couple of border coalition meetings in the early afternoon, but had otherwise set aside two blocks of time today to write, including the next weekly border update.

The day ahead: April 28, 2021

My schedule is jammed until mid-afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m meeting with a colleague who works on the Colombia peace process, another starting out in a partner organization, recording a podcast, and have an internal meeting. At 8PM Eastern tonight, I’ll be participating in my first-ever panel discussion at Clubhouse, about the border. If it’s urgent to reach me, the best window of time is between mid-afternoon and the end of the workday.

The day ahead: April 26, 2021

I’m all booked up today. (How to contact me)

I have about seven hours of meetings on the calendar today, with scattered interstitial time in between. Three internal meetings, an interview with a researcher, and a Colombia coalition meeting. As a result, my replies to any effort to contact me are likely to be delayed today.

The day ahead: April 23, 2021

I’m hard to reach today, with a full schedule. (How to contact me)

This morning I’m finishing up a weekly border update, getting our car inspected, meeting a Colombian social leader virtually, taking part in an internal meeting, meeting some Senate staff, and meeting a Colombian legislator. This will all make me hard to contact today.

The day ahead: April 22, 2021

I’ll be hard to reach today, though more likely in the mid-to-late afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’ve got five meetings in rapid succession: three internal, one coalition, and one with an international organization. Then I’ll be writing up our weekly border update. I may be hard to contact as a result.

The day ahead: April 21, 2021

I’m reachable late morning and mid-day. (How to contact me)

I’ve got a full calendar today, but did have a cancellation so have some unscheduled time in the late morning and mid-day. I’ve got a couple of interviews with journalists, a meeting with an NGO colleague whom I haven’t met before, a coalition meeting, and of course we should all tune into WOLA’s Colombia “Con Líderes Hay Paz” event at 6PM tonight.

The day ahead: April 20, 2021

I’m most available early morning and late afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’ve got an interview mid-morning and a mid-afternoon meeting with a colleague from Colombia. Mid-day I’m going to have communications in do-not-disturb in order to get some writing done. I’ll be most reachable at the beginning and end of the day.

The day ahead: April 19, 2021

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

My schedule is heavy this week, but lighter than the untenable insanity of last week, when I was averaging six meetings per day. I hope to catch up on correspondence today after a couple of internal meetings that will take up much of the morning.

The day ahead: April 16, 2021

I’m very hard to contact today. (How to contact me)

I just realized I didn’t post this this morning. I’m in the midst of eight (8) meetings: 2 with legislative staff, 2 internal, 2 coalitions, 1 with a colleague at the border, and 1 interview in Colombia. Forget about reaching me today.

The day ahead: April 15, 2021

I’m very booked up today. And tomorrow too. (How to contact me)

I’m back in Washington and trying to catch up on things I couldn’t get to on Monday and Tuesday when I was in New York. We’re recording a podcast today, and I’ve got a couple of coalition meetings, a meeting with some researchers from Colombia’s Truth Commission, and need to set aside time to write our weekly border update. This will all make me hard to reach. With six meetings scheduled, I probably won’t be fast to respond tomorrow, either.

The day ahead: April 14, 2021

I’m very booked up today. (How to contact me)

It was lovely visiting family in New York the past two days, getting to see my father for the first time since the pandemic began (we’re all vaccinated). I got up early this morning and drove to Washington, where I am now. Today is full of internal and coalition meetings, plus an exchange with some U.S. officials. Otherwise I’m trying to catch up on things like news and e-mail after traveling, and only working a few hours per day, on Sunday through Tuesday.

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