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: May 29, 2017

I will be mostly out of contact today. (How to contact me) Today is a national holiday in the United States. Bizarrely, I’m writing from a hotel about 20 minutes’ drive from home: my daughter is in the National Spelling Bee, an event that lasts all week. Some days this week, I’ll probably be home: I […]

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The week ahead

Bizarrely, I’m writing from a hotel room about 20 minutes from my house. My daughter is one of 290 contestants in the National Spelling Bee. As she’s representing the District of Columbia, we’ve come the shortest distance to compete. It’s nice, though, that we’ve been given a hotel room at the site of the event, […]

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The day ahead: May 26, 2017

I’m taking today off work. (How to contact me) I’ve got a series of errands to run this morning and an article to write for another publication this afternoon. I wish my U.S. readers a good Memorial Day weekend.

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The day ahead: May 25, 2017

I’m going to be in meetings all day, and hard to reach. (How to contact me) I’ve got meetings all day, all of them at WOLA’s offices. A morning call with the creators of “Security Force Monitor,” an interesting new human rights data project. Then a conference call with WOLA supporters to talk about our border […]

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The day ahead: May 24, 2017

I should be reachable for a while in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ll be doing some drive-time radio interviews in Colombia this morning to talk about the Trump administration’s proposed aid cut to the country. We’ll put out a memo hopefully in the morning explaining what’s in this disaster of a budget and […]

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The day ahead: May 23, 2017

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Other than a morning car maintenance appointment and lunch with a congressional staffer, I’m in the office all day. Today is when we expect to see the first details of the Trump administration’s 2018 budget request, and we’ll be crunching those numbers as quickly […]

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The day ahead: May 22, 2017

I will not be easy to contact today because of near-constant meetings. (How to contact me) I won’t see the inside of my office very much today. I’ve got a weekly staff meeting, then I’m hosting a large group of visitors from Guatemala’s armed forces school (always a lively conversation). I’m having a farewell cup of […]

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The week ahead

The last week before Memorial Day tends to be one of the busiest of the year in Washington, especially in Congress. This week, not only are there six congressional hearings with some relevance for our work, but the White House, probably tomorrow, will be sending Congress its 2018 budget request. We’ll soon have an official […]

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The day ahead: May 19, 2017

I will be most reachable in the morning and near the end of the day. (How to contact me) With the Colombian President’s visit over, I’m working at home all morning. I need to stop and spend several hours planning the next few months: which big projects should be completed next, and what are the likely events we’ll […]

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The day ahead: May 18, 2017

I will be most reachable in the morning and near the end of the day. (How to contact me) My to-do list for today looks a lot like yesterday’s. Between a bunch of interviews to discuss Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’s visit to Washington (happening now—he meets Trump today), being on 2 hours’ sleep, and a […]

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The day ahead: May 17, 2017

I may be hard, but not impossible, to contact today. (How to contact me) I actually haven’t been to bed yet—I got a bit carried away updating my database, reports library, and especially the new inventory of aid programs to reflect what got changed in the big 2017 budget bill that was passed at the very end of […]

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The day ahead: May 16, 2017

I should be reachable for a few hours mid-day. (How to contact me) It took about five hours yesterday, but I got my e-mail inbox to zero: it had built up uncomfortably while I was finishing our big aid programs report/database and traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border. Today I need to work down some pending tasks in […]

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The day ahead: May 15, 2017

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) It’s nice to be back after a week of travel to the U.S.-Mexico border. We learned a lot on that trip—only some of it surprising—and I plan to start moving my notes into a coherent outline today. Since I’ve been away, there are a lot […]

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The week ahead

After spending last week at the California-Baja California border, I’ve got several weeks ahead with no travel planned. I look forward to getting a lot of research done, and doing a lot of “policy advocacy.” Later this week, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will be in Washington. We’ll have materials out for the press and […]

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The day ahead: May 9, 2017

I will be difficult to reach today, and for the rest of the week. (How to contact me) Good morning from San Diego, California. Yesterday evening I flew across the continent cramped into middle seats on two planes, typing into my laptop with my elbows practically touching. I need an economist to explain to me whether U.S. […]

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