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.

Day ahead

The day ahead: July 16, 2018

We’ve got an internal staff meeting in the morning. I’ve scheduled a lunch with a longtime colleague from Capitol Hill, and an end-of-day meeting with folks from a faith-based organization who’ve worked on Colombia for years. In between, we should be releasing a report today about the border and the “zero tolerance” policy, based on fieldwork […]

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The day ahead: July 12, 2018

I’ll be very hard to reach today. (How to contact me) WOLA is holding its annual staff retreat Thursday and Friday, which means my schedule is full and I’ll be hard to contact.

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The day ahead: July 10, 2018

I’ll be difficult to reach today. (How to contact me) We’ve got a few meetings today with congressional staff to talk about the situation at the border and what we saw in Arizona 3 weeks ago. (We’ve now got a very long report about that drafted out, and may put out a bit of it […]

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The day ahead: July 9, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Except for lunch with a longtime colleague, I should be in the office all day writing about both Colombia and the border, hopefully finishing a Colombia update. And catching up on correspondence, which is behind because I’ve been writing pretty intensely over the past two weeks.

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The day ahead: July 6, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m doing two interviews about Colombia this morning. Otherwise, I plan to keep writing both our report on the situation at the border (now over 9,000 words, yikes) and a regular Colombia update. If I’m on a roll with the writing, I may not be checking […]

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The day ahead: July 5, 2018

I’m in meetings most of the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m back in Washington after a short break. By the weekend I expect to be done with the first draft of a lengthy report about the situation at the border, based on what we saw in Arizona two weeks ago. When not writing that, I’ll […]

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The day ahead: July 3, 2018

I’m off today, visiting family. (How to contact me) Tomorrow is a national holiday in the United States, and yesterday my father-in-law had a big milestone birthday. So I’m outside Washington spending a few days with family. Regular posting should resume Thursday. Happy Independence Day to U.S. readers.

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The day ahead: June 29, 2018

I’m unreachable mid-afternoon, writing otherwise, so replies may be delayed. (How to contact me) I’m in the thick of drafting our reporting on last week’s border field research, and have an internal planning meeting in the mid-afternoon. I’ll only be looking at e-mail and other communications intermittently.

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The day ahead: June 28, 2018

I’m writing at home, but semi-reachable, in the morning. In the office, and reachable, in the early afternoon. Unreachable after mid-afternoon. (How to contact me) After last week’s border trip and a lot of side research, I’ve got a 115-page matrix of findings, conclusions, and recommendations, using a methodology I learned doing that USAID Colombia evaluation earlier […]

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The day ahead: June 26, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) After travel and a lot of writing, I have a day without meetings to hopefully catch my breath. I’m catching up on correspondence and overdue administrative tasks at the office, and also making progress on writing up what we learned during last week’s border […]

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The day ahead: June 18, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got a quick dentist appointment and a staff meeting, then I’ll be in the office the rest of the afternoon. I’ll be keeping up with post-election Colombia, and carrying out final tasks, both logistical and research-related, ahead of a trip to the Arizona-Mexico border tomorrow […]

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The day ahead: June 15, 2018

I’m in and out all day. (How to contact me) I have two meetings and a call with allied non-profits and scholars today. When not doing that I’ll be doing some writing about Sunday’s presidential election in Colombia, and lots of research on border security in advance of a trip to the Arizona-Mexico border next […]

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The day ahead: June 14, 2018

I should be reachable much of the day, but trying to get writing done. (How to contact me) I’ve endeavored to keep the calendar empty today in order to close the door, write, and catch up on news (note that I haven’t posted news links here all week, I’m behind). So I’ll be reachable, but may not […]

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The day ahead: June 13, 2018

I should be around in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I may stop by the Colombian embassy’s “Colombia on the Hill” event in the House of Representatives’ office buildings, but must leave early for a meeting with an advocate working on private security companies in the region. In the afternoon, I’ll be splitting time […]

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The day ahead: June 12, 2018

I should be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m back in Washington, as of 9:30 last night. This morning I’ll be attending an event about peacemaking in Colombia. In the afternoon, a visit with the Colombia director of a humanitarian organization. Otherwise, I’ll be in the office, organizing a trip to the […]

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