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 7 in Colombia

Good morning from Bogotá. It’s day seven of our visit, and we’ve finished the field-work portion of the trip. Nothing left but two days of meetings here with experts, activists, government and UN personnel.   We spent Saturday through Tuesday in Colombia’s Pacific coast region, in the city of Buenaventura and then way up the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 31, 2018 Argentina Landon Thomas Jr., Prashant S. Rao, “Argentina Raises Rates, as Emerging Markets Turbulence Spreads” (The New York Times, August 31, 2018). The I.M.F.’s $50 billion deal with Argentina is one of the largest in the fund’s history. In order to secure the release of the money, Argentina must […]

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The WOLA Firehose for August 2018

Here’s everything I know of that my colleagues at WOLA and I published this month. Publications A National Shame: The Trump Administration’s Separation and Detention of Migrant Families, by Adam Isacson, Maureen Meyer, and Adeline Hite, August 28, 2018. “Come Back Later”: Challenges for Asylum Seekers Waiting at Ports of Entry, by Adam Isacson, Maureen […]

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18 Latin America longreads from August

(I leave for Colombia in the morning, so I’m churning out a bunch of end-of-month posts tonight. It’s more fun than packing.) U.S.-Mexico Border Adolfo Flores, “Why Did the Border Patrol Shoot Claudia Gomez?” (BuzzFeed, August 29, 2018). The Border Patrol shooting of a young Guatemalan immigrant remains a mystery three months later. A phone video […]

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Links from the past month about “Soldiers As Police” in Latin America

Western Hemisphere Regional Rebecca Bill Chavez, “The Return of Latin America’s Military” (The New York Times, August 14, 2018). the administration has an opening this week to demonstrate commitment to our core principles by stating its opposition to the militarization of law enforcement, which represents a challenge to liberal democracy across much of Latin America […]

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Colombia’s New President Wants to Modify the FARC Peace Accord. His Proposals Aren’t Dealbreakers.

Along with his conservative political party, Colombia’s new president, Iván Duque, fiercely opposed the peace accord with the FARC guerrilla group negotiated by his predecessor, Juan Manuel Santos. On the campaign trail during the first half of 2018, he pledged to make “adjustments” to the November 2016 accord, which had taken more than four difficult […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

I’m traveling in Colombia between tomorrow and September 8. During that time, I’ll be posting news links sporadically, if at all. (Even more here) August 30, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Daniel Gonzalez, “Supreme Court Ruling Could Upend Thousands of Deportation Cases, Sowing Chaos in Court” (The Arizona Republic, August 30, 2018). The ruling threatens to […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(Week of August 19-25) ELN Still Hasn’t Released Captives and Hostages The ELN’s release of four soldiers, three police, and two civilians in its custody, believed imminent, still hasn’t happened yet. Guerrilla fronts in Chocó and Arauca captured the nine on August 3rd and 8th, and President Iván Duque (who was inaugurated August 7th) has […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) August 29, 2018 Brazil David Biller, “Brazil’s North Embraces Hardline Presidential Candidate” (Bloomberg, August 29, 2018). His pledge to protect life and property resonates deeply with those in rural areas who feel neglected as well as those city-dwellers grown desperate amid spiraling crime Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela Mitra Taj, “Brazil Sends Army […]

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New Report: “A National Shame”

This is part three of a three-part WOLA series on the horror that the Trump administration and its “zero tolerance” policy unleashed at the U.S.-Mexico border this spring and summer—and what may come next. (Here is part one, on “zero tolerance” itself, and part two, on what happened at ports of entry.) All three are […]

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