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: January 18, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) My hands barely touched a keyboard the past few days, due to an average of over eight hours per day of meetings and phone calls. I haven’t even posted news links here since Tuesday. My calendar is much clearer today, though, and I hope […]

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The day ahead: January 17, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the latter part of the afternoon. (How to contact me) This morning I’m meeting a Canadian diplomat, having an informational interview with a colleague’s contact, and talking to 2 reporters. I’ve got a dental checkup in the afternoon. Otherwise I’m around and processing my notes from last week’s border trip. With […]

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The day ahead: January 16, 2019

I’ll be hard to contact today. (How to contact me) I’ve got eight hours of solid back-to-back meetings on the calendar today. Most of it is WOLA’s internal planning process, plus coffee with a colleague working on Colombia and a call with a journalist. I will hardly be able to answer calls, texts, or emails […]

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The day ahead: January 15, 2019

I should be reachable for much of the morning. (How to contact me) I’m looking at a few hours of internal planning meetings today, and a coffee with a European diplomat who covers Latin America. The government and WOLA are on a delayed opening this morning because of Sunday’s snow; I’ll be spending that time […]

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The day ahead: January 14, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) After returning from the border on Saturday, I’d expected to have four hours of planning meetings and a dentist checkup on today’s schedule. So I spent too much of Sunday clearing out work inboxes in anticipation of that, while snow kept falling outside. It […]

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The day ahead: January 9, 2019

I’m traveling and will be hard to contact today. (How to contact me) I’m in a hotel room in San Diego, it’s just after 5:30AM, and I’m about to get into my rental car and drive to the main border crossing into Tijuana. I plan to do the exact same thing tomorrow morning too. The […]

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The day ahead: January 8, 2019

I’ll be hard to contact today. (How to contact me) I’m flying to San Diego in the afternoon, and will spend the rest of the week there and in Tijuana. Before then, I’ve got two meetings, and need to finish preparing a response to tonight’s presidential announcement about the border wall.

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The day ahead: January 7, 2019

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) This is my only full day in Washington this work week; I’m flying to San Diego tomorrow and will spend the rest of the week there and in Tijuana, a trip we’re throwing together with little advance planning. I’ve got a weekly staff meeting in […]

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The day ahead: January 4, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) I bought a plane ticket yesterday, and will be traveling to San Diego and Tijuana from Tuesday afternoon to Saturday morning of next week. So I’ll be spending part of today setting up that trip. Other than that, I have only one internal meeting […]

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The day ahead: January 3, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) It’s the first day of the 116th Congress. They’re swearing in a new majority. And that’s about all that’s happening in Washington today. I’ve got my inboxes largely cleared out following the holiday break, and will be working on our annual planning documents, reading […]

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The day ahead: January 2, 2019

I should be reachable much of the day. (How to contact me) Happy New Year. I hope you got some time off over the holiday. I saw lots of family both in the Washington and New York areas. It was good to see so many relatives, and we made lots of good memories. I also unplugged […]

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The day ahead: December 21, 2018

I’ll be reachable from late morning through the end of the day. (How to contact me) The last few days before Christmas are usually some of the quietest of the year, a time for tying up loose ends and planning the next year amid a far calmer calendar and telephone. But this is 2018. We’ve […]

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The day ahead: December 19, 2018

I’m around in the morning. (How to contact me) This afternoon I’m speaking and facilitating a breakout group of regional military personnel at the OAS Inter-American Defense College, which is having its annual human rights and international humanitarian law conference. In the morning I’ll be in the office, mainly catching up on correspondence and trying […]

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The day ahead: December 18, 2018

I should be around in the morning and the late afternoon. (How to contact me) I’ve got an internal meeting and a meeting with some grad students in the early afternoon. Otherwise I’ll be in the office writing a Colombia update and preparing a talk I’ll be giving tomorrow.

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The day ahead: December 17, 2018

I’ll be in meetings all day. (How to contact me) During 3 weeks of travel to Colombia and Cuba, I often replied to people who wanted to meet, “I’m back on the 17th.” Now it’s the 17th, and today and tomorrow I’m sitting down with a variety of people. Today it’s the weekly staff meeting, a […]

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