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.

Colombia

The past week in Colombia’s peace process

Disarmament “There is now an inventory of 14,000 FARC weapons that will soon pass into the UN Mission’s hands,” President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted shortly after Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas announced that figure. Villegas added that around 11,000 of the arms that the FARC will “leave aside” are rifles. The UN verification and monitoring […]

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Oops

Here’s the exact moment during today’s Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearing on transitional justice in Colombia where I, standing near the back, leaned against the wall and shut off all the lights in the room. In my defense, it’s a big room and it shouldn’t be this easy to shut off all the lights.

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Links From the Last Month About: Civil-Military Relations in Latin America

Chile Women may now rise to the level of general in Chile’s army, according to a regulation promulgated on International Women’s Day. Colombia Colombia’s Congress is nearing approval of a transitional justice system to try war crimes committed during the long conflict with the FARC, as envisioned in the peace accords. Retired Colombian generals are […]

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Eight things that stood out to me in the UN High Commissioner’s Human Rights Report On Colombia

Last Thursday the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) field office in Colombia released its annual report on human rights in the country, covering 2016. This agency, headed by U.S. expert Todd Howland, maintains 14 field offices around the country, closely monitors the situation, and issues recommendations to the government. The new 18-page report […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

Transitional justice With the right-wing opposition abstaining, the pro-government coalition in Colombia’s Senate passed, by a 61–2 vote, a law to create the “Special Jurisdiction for Peace” (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz or JEP), the new transitional-justice system. Tribunals will judge ex-guerrillas and military personnel who carried out war crimes, as well as civilians who […]

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New coca estimate may come tomorrow: looks high, but lower than I expected

Tomorrow, the Wall Street Journal reports, the White House will release its estimate of how much coca was planted in Colombia in 2016. 695 square miles is 180,000 hectares. This would be the highest U.S. measurement of Colombian coca cultivation ever. On the other hand, it would represent the smallest increase in Colombian coca-growing in three years. 180,000 […]

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New piece up at Razón Pública

The Colombian news-analysis website Razón Pública asked me last week whether Colombia’s relationship with the Trump administration will “narcotize” because of huge recent increases in the country’s crop of coca, the plant used to make cocaine. In my submission (in Spanish), I argue that “narcotization”—drugs becoming the number-one central issue in the bilateral relationship—probably won’t happen this […]

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