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: November 9, 2018

I should be reachable from late morning to the end of the day. (How to contact me) I have less on the schedule today: attending a discussion with a visiting Colombian official first thing in the morning, then I’ll be in the office. I need to catch up on correspondence, especially from yesterday when I wasn’t near […]

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The day ahead: November 8, 2018

I’m hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ve got six events on the calendar today, including two speaking events. I’m guest-teaching a class of visiting Latin American officials at the National Defense University’s Perry Center, talking about U.S. security aid programs. I’m talking at a small event about Colombia at WOLA. Then a couple of […]

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The day ahead: November 7, 2018

I’m most reachable in the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I was up way too late last night watching election returns. I’m not at my cognitive best, but I’m delighted that one house of the U.S. Congress will be run by some people whose views of U.S. policy toward Latin America […]

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The day ahead: November 6, 2018

I’m reachable anytime except mid-day. (How to contact me) I voted early, and my kid’s school is closed, so I’m working at home this morning. Mainly preparing a talk I’ll be giving to a class of Latin American officials at the National Defense University on Thursday. Then I’m off for some mid-day parent-teacher conferences, after […]

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The day ahead: November 2, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got an internal meeting in the morning and a lunchtime meeting with a Senate staffer. Otherwise I’m writing: trying to finish a huge Colombia report and getting a start on a memo for a funder. I plan to work at home in the afternoon.

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The day ahead: November 1, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got a meeting and two interviews lined up this morning. I’m spending the first half of the afternoon at the University of Maryland with a group of students who are collaborating on a research project about the use of military personnel as police […]

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Coming back soon

I’m sorry to have neglected this site over the past several days. Having a topic I work on (security at the U.S.-Mexico border) become one of the largest news stories in the country for two weeks running has left little time to post thoughts and links here. Also, most of my “rough drafts” have gone […]

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The day ahead: October 25, 2018

I’m intermittently available all day. (How to contact me) Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I think that interest/hysteria about the “migrant caravan” is flagging, as the number of participants goes down and they start to break up into smaller groups that don’t provide such dramatic visuals. I anticipate spending less time talking to […]

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The day ahead: October 24, 2018

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) After another day of public speaking, meetings, and talking pretty constantly on the phone about the “caravan,” I’m more behind on work than ever. It won’t get better today, as I’m spending the afternoon speaking at, and attending, a conference on gangs and migration at […]

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The day ahead: October 23, 2018

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I enjoyed talking to reporters for much of the day yesterday—I always learn a lot—and I’m glad we’re “participating in the debate” on this migrant caravan issue. But my plans for yesterday’s “strategic not tactical” work were obliterated by a few tweets from the reality-TV […]

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The day ahead: October 22, 2018

I’m reachable for much of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m in internal WOLA meetings in the morning, and meeting with a think-tank colleague about Colombia in the mid-afternoon. Otherwise I plan to be writing one or two of three different publications about Colombia, and preparing a talk I’m giving at George Mason University on Wednesday. […]

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The week ahead

Okay. No visitors in town this week, it’s time to get some stuff done. The plan is to finish full first or final drafts of three different long-form articles about Colombia that I’ve been working on. A report based on our early September field research, a chapter for a colleague’s edited volume (which is very […]

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The day ahead: October 19, 2018

I’ll be easiest to reach in the late morning and the late afternoon. (How to contact me) Yesterday, we fondly saw off our terrific delegation of Colombian leaders, experts, and advocates, who did a great job explaining the country’s challenges at Tuesday’s conference and subsequent meetings. We’ll post the conference videos (without translation, sorry) next […]

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The day ahead: October 16, 2018

I’ll be very hard to reach through the end of Thursday. (How to contact me) We’re putting on a big conference about Colombia today, and I’ll be accompanying our group of visitors on Wednesday and Thursday. That means this website won’t be updated, and I’ll be hard to reach. I hope all goes well, and will […]

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The day ahead: October 15, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) We’re putting on a big Colombia conference tomorrow, and our guests arrive this afternoon and evening. Most of the day will be spent preparing for that; we want to put on a good show tomorrow. First, though, I’m in internal WOLA meetings until lunchtime.

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