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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 20, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rafael Carranza, “Feds Outline Road Map for Construction of Trump’s Border Wall Using Military Funds” (The Arizona Republic, September 20, 2019). The 18 border projects listed a total of about 309 miles of new and replacement fencing, mostly along the western portion of the U.S.-Mexico border […]

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80 Homeland Security Agents to Guatemala? New analysis at WOLA’s website

Here’s a short analysis posted to WOLA’s website (Español). It jumps off from last Friday’s Washington Post finding that dozens of CBP and ICE officers may be sent to Guatemala to work as “advisors” at the country’s border with Mexico. The piece is built around a listing of Homeland Security and Defense Department deployments to […]

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The day ahead: June 5, 2019

I’m out of the office all day today. (How to contact me) I’m writing at home today. Replies to messages may be delayed because, well, I’m writing.

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The day ahead: April 30, 2019

I’ll be hard to contact today. (How to contact me) I’m in an all-day staff training at WOLA. The family are out of town for 2 days, though, so I hope to get some writing and research done at home tonight.

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Big JEP vote today in Colombia’s Senate

(Cross-posted from WOLA’s colombiapeace.org blog) On March 11 Colombian President Iván Duque threw the country’s peace process into semi-paralysis. He formally “objected” to parts of the law underlying the transitional justice system that the accords had set up for judging ex-combatants’ human rights crimes. The “objections,” essentially a line-item veto, sent back to Colombia’s Congress […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Thursday, April 25 8:30–10:30 at the Notre Dame University Keogh School: Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis and Struggle for Democracy (RSVP required). 9:00 at the Atlantic Council: Venezuela After Maduro: A Vision for the Country’s Future (RSVP required). Friday, April 26 8:30–10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Institutions for Productivity: Towards a Better Business Environment in Latin America […]

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The day ahead: April 15, 2019

I’m out today. (How to contact me) I’m taking a personal day today, to recover physically from traveling and a month of 60-plus-hour weeks. Also I need to finish doing my taxes, as today is the deadline in the United States.

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The day ahead: March 11, 2019

I’m in continuous meetings throughout the day, and will be hard to contact. (How to contact me) I’ll be in a long morning staff meeting, lunch with a Colombian colleague, a visit to Senate committee staff, and a call with a House staffer. When at a desk, I may be analyzing the White House budget […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) January 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown” (The New York Times, January 23, 2019). If both measures fall short, the votes could add new energy to efforts to negotiate a bipartisan compromise Kristine Phillips, “They Left Food and Water […]

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Yep

People have asked me, “Didn’t you listen to Trump when he said that he would build a wall?” I didn’t take the idea seriously during the campaign. From “I voted for Trump. Now his wall may destroy my butterfly paradise,” a Washington Post column by Luciano Guerra, “a nature photographer and outreach coordinator and educator for the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 20, 2017 Bolivia “Bolivia y China Firman Protocolo de Donacion Logistica a Favor de ff.aa.” (Agencia Boliviana de Noticias (Bolivia), December 20, 2017). El embajador de China en Bolivia, Liang Yu y el ministro de Defensa Reymi Ferreira, firmaron el miércoles un protocolo de donación de material logístico a las Fuerzas […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 2, 2017 Colombia “Con Capitulo Especial para Choco, Arranca Cese del Fuego Con el Eln” (Verdad Abierta (Colombia), October 2, 2017). En ese departamento, uno de los más afectados por el conflicto armado, habrá requisitos adicionales y contará con un comité de seguimiento liderado por dirigentes afrodescendientes e indígenas Alfredo Molano […]

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