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: April 24, 2017

Other than a narrow window around mid-day, I am in meetings all day today. (How to contact me) I’ve got a weekly staff meeting, and there’s a lot to plan for this week, with Trump’s border wall playing a central role in the debate over the federal budget, which expires Friday. (That’s the last weekday of Trump’s […]

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The week ahead

It’s going to be one of those weeks: it’s Monday morning and there’s already nearly 20 hours of meetings and events on the calendar. These include a visit from the ICRC, giving a talk at the Foreign Service Institute, a National Defense University event on Colombia’s military and the post-conflict, and a meeting to nominate […]

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My Latin America database now resides at “defenseoversight.wola.org”

I’ve owned the domain defenseassistance.org for several years; I use it for side projects related to work. The largest by far is one I started in mid-2015: a “database of everything” related to U.S. defense and security relations with Latin America. This mammoth resource is just about complete. So I just took away the little “this site […]

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The day ahead: April 21, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) No meetings today. Today’s big project is moving my defense oversight database from my “drafts” domain (defenseassistance.org) to wola.org. No idea how long that will take. I’d also like to record a podcast about border security, but that might get pushed off to the weekend.

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The day ahead: April 20, 2017

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) Yesterday morning I thought I had no meetings scheduled, but a conversation with a member of Congress got moved to yesterday afternoon, which was great but it’s is the main reason I hardly posted anything here yesterday. Today I’m meeting a Russian diplomat who asked to […]

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The day ahead: April 19, 2017

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I got a lot done yesterday: an article, a podcast, some interviews, and a planning meeting. Today, for some reason, I have no meetings scheduled, so I’ll be working at home in the morning, as my daughter’s school is closed this week. There are a lot […]

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The day ahead: April 18, 2017

I should be reachable in the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m getting a late start today, after staying up a bit last night working on a response to former Colombian President Uribe’s message to the U.S. Congress, a bit of unplanned work. That’s not done yet, so I’m working on it […]

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The day ahead: April 17, 2017

I should be reachable in the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I have a planning meeting in the morning and a car-repair errand after lunch. The rest of the time, I should be at a computer, starting the process of moving a gigantic database and new report from my personal staging site, defenseassistance.org, to […]

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The week ahead

I’m in Washington all week and look forward to doing a lot of writing, research, and meetings in Congress. By the end of this week, I hope to have: Our huge report listing 107 U.S. military and police aid programs completely out the door. This weekend I finished what I think is the last bit […]

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The day ahead: April 14, 2017

I should be reachable for much of the day. (How to contact me) It’s Good Friday: Latin America is mostly closed down, with many newspapers not even publishing editions. (Venezuela, though, may not be so quiet.) Here in Washington, Congress is out. I got a lot of writing done yesterday, so today is clear to make final […]

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