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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Day ahead

The day ahead: July 2, 2020

I’m out of town, but mostly reachable. (How to contact me)

I’m in New York visiting relatives—one has a birthday, and tomorrow/Saturday is a big holiday in the United States—but am working when possible and mostly reachable.

The day ahead: June 30, 2020

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me)

I’m meeting-free and trying to catch up on several pending commitments on this last day of June. I should be reachable if needed.

The day ahead: June 29, 2020

I’m around in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m significantly (but far from completely) caught up on work that was impossible to do before my broken wrist was operated on and while it was in a cast. Expect some new writing over the next several days.

This is a holiday week in the United States, with everything closed on Friday. On Wednesday afternoon, I’m headed to New York to (distantly) visit relatives whom we haven’t seen in many months, though I’ll still be “on the clock” for much of that time.

Today I’m in internal meetings and have a media interview until early afternoon, after which I’ll be free and going through a long list of pending website updates and still-unanswered emails.

The day ahead: June 18, 2020

I’m totally unavailable today and tomorrow (Friday). (How to contact me)

I’m off to the hospital shortly to have my broken wrist operated on. It’s an outpatient procedure, but they’ll be knocking me out completely and I’ll be there all day. Wish me luck.

The day ahead: June 17, 2020

I’ll be hard to reach today, and completely out Thursday and Friday. (How to contact me)

I go in to the hospital tomorrow for surgery on my broken wrist, so today is my last day on the job this week. I’ve got 3 internal meetings and a coalition strategy meeting, plus a few loose ends to tie up before tomorrow, so I’ll be difficult to contact.

The day ahead: June 16, 2020

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me)

I do indeed have to go in for surgery on my broken wrist Thursday, so my work week effectively ends tomorrow. I’ve steered meetings away from today so that I might get some writing done and otherwise get as caught up as possible before that happens. I’ll be reachable today, though replies might be delayed; the arm is very sore and I’m not running on full power.

The day ahead: June 15, 2020

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me)

My broken wrist is definitely healing, it’s sore but not hugely painful, as long as I don’t twist it or try to carry anything heavier than a coffee cup. This week, they’re going to make sure it’s healing straight—lots of moving parts in a wrist—and if not, I’ll go to surgery, probably on Thursday.

That means posts to this site will continue to be infrequent. And with doctor visits added to my meeting schedule—I have a long one this afternoon—I’ll be harder to contact, and slower to respond. If I need to be operated on, I won’t post any updates at all on Thursday or Friday.

Though I’m moving slower, work continues. Yesterday I finished and shared with colleagues a draft of a new commentary/report on what the present moment of plague and protest should mean for militaries and police forces in Latin America and the United States. I’m going to move ahead on another one this week, about coca and U.S. policy in southern Colombia.

The day ahead: June 12, 2020

I’ll be most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me)

Yesterday was punctuated by doctor visits for my broken wrist; I might need surgery next week. At least until the trackball mouse I ordered gets delivered, I won’t be posting news links and some other content, because it takes me a long time to select text with a brace on my arm. I’ve got an internal meeting and two coalition calls between late morning and mid-afternoon, but should otherwise be reachable.

The day ahead: June 11, 2020

I’ll be reachable in the mid to late afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’ve got an appointment with a specialist this morning to evaluate my broken wrist. Then an internal strategy meeting and a border coalition meeting. After that I’ll be writing (or whatever this is with a cast on) here at home.

The day ahead: June 9, 2020

I’m mostly around, but trying to get some writing done. (How to contact me)

I’ve only got a couple of internal meetings on the calendar today, plus a talk to give via video in Colombia at the end of the day. This is the day of this week when I have the most unscheduled time, so I hope to pump out a podcast and an article by the end of the day. I will only be checking email and messages intermittently.

The day ahead: June 5, 2020

I’m around, but trying to minimize interruptions. (How to contact me)

This is my first day in a month without a single meeting on the calendar. I hope to spend it writing about militaries in Latin America, and doing updates to the Colombia peace website. While I’ll be reachable, I don’t want to stop for every interruption, so replies may be delayed.

The day ahead: June 4, 2020

I’ll be reachable late morning and early afternoon. (How to contact me)

Joining last night’s protests (at 6 feet of distance) was energizing. Those who advocate sending in the troops need to get out of their fear-bunkers and see what’s happening.

Today I’m giving an interview in Colombia and a talk to another audience in Colombia (sit in at 3PM Eastern), recording a podcast on Guatemala, and joining an internal WOLA meeting. I’ll do whatever other work I can when not talking to my screen.

The day ahead: June 3, 2020

I’ll be reachable for much of the afternoon. (How to contact me)

Washington’s protests were larger and more peaceful last night. No teargas provocations, and no looting. As a result the security forces’ helicopters stayed at a higher altitude, rather than swooping low over my house like they did for all of Sunday and Monday nights.

I mention that all here because it means I finally got a decent night’s sleep, and look forward to doing my work with a clearer head today. I’m getting a late start (it’s 8am as I write this, I prefer to rise far earlier) and will spend much of the day in a Colombian TV interview, two internal WOLA meetings, a border-related meeting, and a series of website updates. Most of those meetings are in the morning, so I should be more responsive to messages in the afternoon.

The day ahead: June 2, 2020

I should be reachable in the morning and late afternoon. (How to contact me)

Like most people in Washington, I slept poorly last night, with several helicopters constantly overhead and the pops of tear gas rounds perhaps 10 blocks or so away. I’ll be consuming a lot of coffee and trying to do my job, but today may not be my most productive day ever.

I have a border-related meeting and will be sitting in on a migration-related conference in the afternoon. Otherwise I’ll be posting some content today, co-writing a funding proposal, and working on another report, while mostly avoiding social media.

The day ahead: June 1, 2020

I’m around and most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m at home near downtown Washington, where we slept (tried to sleep) to the constant sound of police helicopters. We went to the George Floyd protests by the White House during the day, and they were peaceful and impassioned. But once night fell, it got rough around town, and we’re just getting information about what happened.

In the morning and early afternoon, I’ve got a couple of internal meetings and a virtual sit-down with security experts around Latin America. I’ll be writing all afternoon and reachable, though replies may not be instantaneous.

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