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: 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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The day ahead: September 11, 2019

I’m most reachable in the morning and the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) Today’s my 49th birthday! Really getting up there. But it’s also a busy Wednesday. I’ll be “celebrating” by participating in two meetings with groups that work on border and migration, and by drafting more of our report on […]

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The day ahead: September 10, 2019

I’m reachable in the morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m working at home this morning: it occurs to me that I’ll be taking a long trip to Colombia in 2 1/2 weeks, and there’s a lot that has to get done here in Washington before then. In the afternoon I’m recording a […]

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The day ahead: September 9, 2019

I should be reachable mid-day. (How to contact me) My schedule today includes a weekly staff meeting in the morning, a mid-afternoon call with a reporter, and a meeting with a visiting delegation of migrants’ rights advocates from Mexico and Central America.

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The day ahead: September 6, 2019

I should be reachable mid-day, not much otherwise. (How to contact me) I’m back in Washington, and have a day interspersed with meetings and calls, especially in the afternoon. Otherwise, I’ll be in the office, advancing a draft report on Mexico’s southern border.

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The day ahead: September 5, 2019

I’ll be hard to contact today. (How to contact me) Good morning from New Haven, Connecticut. I’m speaking to a human rights workshop at Yale Law School today, then taking a long train ride back to Washington.

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The day ahead: September 4, 2019

I’m reachable, but have a long train ride in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m boarding a train to New Haven this afternoon. There tomorrow, I’ll be leading a workshop about the border/migration crisis at Yale’s law school. Before that, late this morning, I’ll be recording a WOLA podcast that I hope to post […]

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The day ahead: September 3, 2019

I’ll be reachable, intermittently, in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got internal WOLA meetings all morning, and a border-related call in the mid-afternoon. Otherwise I should be in the office, writing: I’m close to completing an ugly first draft of a report on our visit to Mexico’s southern border.

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The day ahead: August 30, 2019

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m suddenly on two writing deadlines. One for a U.S. newspaper that asked me to pitch them a column on Colombia’s latest crisis. (I barfed up 2,200 words last night and need to cut that by over a third very quickly, it’s due this […]

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The day ahead: August 29, 2019

I’m mostly around, but doing interviews and on a writing deadline. (How to contact me) I’m finishing a piece about Colombia’s military today, working on our report based on our Mexico-Guatemala border trip 2 weeks ago, and doing a lot of press, and statement-writing, about the defection of a top former FARC leader from the […]

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The day ahead: August 28, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Another late-August day with few meetings or commitments. I made huge progress writing two documents about Colombia and the border yesterday, and expect to do so again today. The only plan for today is just to keep making the cursor move from left to […]

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The day ahead: August 27, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) The week before Labor Day is usually a quiet one in Washington, and I hope to spend it writing. Ideally, dividing the day between writing a piece about Colombia’s military and moving ahead a report on our Mexico-Guatemala border trip. Other than a mid-day […]

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