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: March 22, 2019

I’m all booked up today. (How to contact me) I’m guest-teaching a human rights class at the National Defense University’s Perry Center this morning. Then I’m meeting a group of students whom I’ve been advising on a year-long project. Then meeting a colleague works at a foundation. Then meeting a visiting European scholar. I’ll be […]

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The day ahead: March 21, 2019

I’m more available in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m meeting with colleagues from a big migrant-rights group this morning. Then, because of a cancellation, I have a pretty open calendar in the afternoon. Which is good because I need to finish a presentation about Colombia that I’ll be giving at the National Defense […]

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The day ahead: March 20, 2019

I’m working on deadlines and will be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) I’ll be in the office this morning recording a new podcast. Then I’m going to head home, shut the door to my home office, and work on a list of things that are due soon: a talk I’m giving at […]

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The day ahead: March 19, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m guest-teaching a longtime colleague’s class at George Washington University today, talking about Colombia. Later, there’s a meeting of NGOs working on Colombia. Otherwise, I’ll be preparing my next border field-research trip, preparing a lecture I’m giving at the National Defense University Friday, […]

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The day ahead: March 18, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m recording an interview first thing in the morning for a radio show at Colombia’s National University. After that, I have more than 3 hours of internal meetings. (I should buy an extra memory-foam cushion for my chair, because I won’t be getting out of […]

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The day ahead: March 15, 2019

I’m out in the early afternoon. (How to contact me) Other than lunch with a longtime colleague in Congress, I’m in the office with a long to-do list, as I haven’t been able to do as much writing this week as I’d hoped. I’m also going back to the border in just over 3 weeks, […]

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The day ahead: March 14, 2019

I’ll be around in the morning. (How to contact me) I’ll be in the office this morning, running a bit late finishing a memo about Colombia and an article about U.S. security relations with the whole region. In the afternoon I’m on a call with border groups, meeting with a grad student working on Colombia, […]

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The day ahead: March 13, 2019

I’ll be more reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m meeting with a colleague from a foundation this morning, and we have an internal WOLA meeting at lunch hour. Otherwise I’ll be at my desk, writing about Colombia, doing some documentary research, and preparing for a few upcoming in-person briefings. Within a few […]

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The day ahead: March 12, 2019

I’m around for much of the day. (How to contact me) I’m in the office all day, with three phone meetings on the calendar but otherwise at my desk. I’ll be doing logistics for planned travel in April (border) and May (Latin American Studies Association conference); helping put together an analysis of the Trump budget […]

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The day ahead: March 11, 2019

I’m in continuous meetings throughout the day, and will be hard to contact. (How to contact me) I’ll be in a long morning staff meeting, lunch with a Colombian colleague, a visit to Senate committee staff, and a call with a House staffer. When at a desk, I may be analyzing the White House budget […]

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The day ahead: March 6, 2019

I’ll be hard to reach today. (How to contact me) Yesterday morning, I wrote that I had to spend the day getting re-organized after much travel and time spent reacting to things. But CBP released numbers showing a big jump in February family migration, so I spent the afternoon working on that instead. So today […]

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The day ahead: March 5, 2019

I’ll be reachable much of the day, but not mid-day. (How to contact me) There are so many hearings about border security and migration going on today that, unless you’re Elvis watching 3 TV sets simultaneously in his bedroom, you couldn’t process them all. It’s fantastic to see this level of oversight taking place, though […]

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The day ahead: March 4, 2019

I’m around in the early afternoon, but lots of meetings. (How to contact me) I’m in Washington all week, a bit tired from what, according to my timekeeping app, was a 70-hour week last week. (Not bragging—that’s not a good thing.) Today I’ve got the weekly staff meeting in the morning, coffee with a colleague […]

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The day ahead: March 1, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning I’m at an NGO meeting with the commander of Southern Command. After that, I’ll be in the office doing document-based research, working on a talk about Colombia that I’m giving tomorrow, and sending notes to congressional staff ahead of a couple of border-security […]

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The day ahead: February 28, 2019

I’ll be in meetings all day. (How to contact me) I’m going to be in nonstop meetings and events today. An NGO sit-down with Mexico’s interior minister, a meeting of groups working on human rights conditions on foreign assistance, a meeting with visiting researchers on U.S. security aid programs, and an event at WOLA on […]

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