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: October 16, 2018

I’ll be very hard to reach through the end of Thursday. (How to contact me) We’re putting on a big conference about Colombia today, and I’ll be accompanying our group of visitors on Wednesday and Thursday. That means this website won’t be updated, and I’ll be hard to reach. I hope all goes well, and will […]

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The day ahead: October 15, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) We’re putting on a big Colombia conference tomorrow, and our guests arrive this afternoon and evening. Most of the day will be spent preparing for that; we want to put on a good show tomorrow. First, though, I’m in internal WOLA meetings until lunchtime.

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The day ahead: October 12, 2018

I’m in meetings nearly all day. (How to contact me) Several representatives of USAID’s Colombia mission are in town for a day of consultations with civil society (that’s us). That ends mid-afternoon, after which I’ll be doing preparatory work for Tuesday’s big Colombia conference and meeting with a visiting UN human rights official.

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The day ahead: October 11, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the mid- and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I have a full complement of meetings, calls, and interviews until mid-afternoon, after which I’ll mainly be helping prepare for the arrival of the large group of Colombian colleagues who’ll be here next week to participate in a conference and lots of side […]

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The day ahead: October 10, 2018

I’m hard to reach today. (How to contact me) Ever have most of your meeting requests and commitments gravitate toward one day on your calendar? That’s today for me. I’m in meetings and conference calls continuously, with perhaps a half-hour break, between 9:00 and 7:00 today. I’ll be hard to contact and barely checking e-mail. […]

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The day ahead: October 9, 2018

I’ll be available in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got weekly and planning meetings in the office until around lunchtime. In the afternoon I’ll be reachable as I help prepare for the conference we’re holding in a week and finish my nearly done draft of a giant report on Colombia.

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The day ahead: October 8, 2018

With the office closed, I’m intermittently available today. (How to contact me) It’s Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day, and WOLA’s office building is closed. So is my kid’s school. So I’ll be at home alternating between “family time” and writing a big report about Colombia.

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The day ahead: October 5, 2018

I’m reachable, but working at home. (How to contact me) I’m in the middle of drafting a long but fascinating report telling the post-conflict story of Colombia’s central Pacific coast region, where we visited a month ago. I’ll be spending the entire day doing that, working at home wearing comfortable clothes with music at high volume. […]

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The day ahead: October 4, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I wrote thousands of words yesterday and our next Colombia report is really taking shape. Today, though, I’m going to put that aside and run through a long list of smaller tasks and commitments—some related to upcoming travel, some related to the conference we’ve […]

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The day ahead:October 3, 2018

I’ll be most reachable mid-day and late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m deep into report-writing today (the report based on our fieldwork in Colombia a month ago). Other than two meetings in the afternoon, I’ll be at the keyboard trying to make the cursor go from left to right as fast as possible. Responses […]

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The day ahead: October 2, 2018

I’m reachable most of the day, until mid-afternoon (How to contact me) Today’s goal is to make a big leap forward on a report based on our fieldwork in Colombia at the beginning of September. A good three or four hours of uninterrupted writing would be ideal and amazing. Then, mid-afternoon, I’m headed out to the […]

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The day ahead: October 1, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the mid-morning and the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m in meetings for at least 5 hours today. A morning staff meeting, sit-downs to plan our October 16 Colombia conference and upcoming border-security work, lunch with our new intern, and a meeting and phone calls with researchers and congressional […]

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The day ahead: September 28, 2018

I’m in the office, but trying to catch up on overdue projects. (How to contact me) My calendar is clear today—I arranged that deliberately—and I should be in the office all day. However, I may have the door closed and the phone on mute as I try to catch up on what’s happened this week (UNGA, […]

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The day ahead: September 27, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) The calendar clears up today, and for the first time all week I should have a few consecutive hours at a computer keyboard. I plan to do a lot of writing about Colombia.

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The day ahead: September 26, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I haven’t spent much time at my desk or at a keyboard at all this week, and this morning won’t be an exception. I’ll be having breakfast with a European diplomat, then a mid-morning meeting with a grad student doing thesis work on border and […]

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