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: October 5, 2020

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

I made some progress over the weekend writing a short report about the border and human rights, and will continue to do so. Not feeling enormous deadline pressure because the current news frenzy over the presidential diagnosis will distract many readers right now, anyway.

I have a few smaller bits of content that I’d like to move ahead or finish today, also. Quite a long list, actually. So I’ll be working on all of that this afternoon, when I have a schedule largely free of meetings.

The day ahead: October 2, 2020

I’ve got a couple of meetings/calls in the afternoon, but am mostly reachable. (How to contact me)

I’m behind on an article about the border, which I’d hoped to have done by yesterday. However, given this morning’s news about the president’s COVID test, that’s probably fine: anything else published today will be lost in the frenzy.

I’m here, writing, and trying not to check the U.S. news compulsively. Like a lot of you out there, probably.

The day ahead: October 1, 2020

I’m mostly reachable, with a few meetings scattered throughout the day. (How to contact me)

Getting a late start, as I was up quite late working on a WOLA article about the border. It’s still really just an outline with bits of prose hanging off of it, so there’s hours to go. I’ll keep working on that all day, intermittently, into the evening. I’d like to get the draft off of my desk before the day ends.

My kid has a doctor checkup, and I’m in a border coalition meeting and an interview with a journalist. Otherwise, I’ll be at my desk writing all day.

The day ahead: September 30, 2020

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

If you saw last night’s presidential debate, you probably share my regret for having stayed up late to watch it. What a poor use of scarce time.

Today I’m getting a slightly late start, but the plan is to finish drafting an article for WOLA about the border. I’ve got an internal meeting mid-day and an outdoor coffee with a reporter in early afternoon, but should otherwise be mostly reachable.

The day ahead: September 29, 2020

I should be reachable much of the day, though I may have notifications off while I write. (How to contact me)

No meetings on the agenda today! I’m not sure how I managed that. I’ll have my butt in a chair all day, writing and doing some planning for the next 2-3 months.

The day ahead: September 28, 2020

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

I’ve got a staff meeting and a dentist appointment this morning, so am effectively starting my workweek in the afternoon. I’ll be at my desk writing.

The day ahead: September 25, 2020

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

This morning I’m doing a couple of interviews with researchers and journalists. From mid-afternoon to end of day I’ll be recording, editing, and posting a podcast. In the middle, doing some long-overdue planning and writing.

The day ahead: September 24, 2020

I’m mostly reachable today. (How to contact me)

This is the first day in a while with only one meeting on the schedule, and I need to get organized and do some writing. I’ll be reachable while doing the first but may have message apps off for some of the time while doing the sedond.

The day ahead: September 22, 2020

I’ll be mostly unavailable today due to several commitments. (How to contact me)

I’m speaking on a panel this morning about civil-military relations in Latin America. Then I have interviews or meetings with a journalist, some folks from USAID, and a scholar with a research project. And then this evening, WOLA is virtually hosting its annual human rights awards (please join us). All of this will make me hard to get in touch with today.

The day ahead: September 21, 2020

I’ll be mostly reachable this afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’ve got an internal meeting much of this morning, and a conversation with legislative staff this afternoon. I’m mostly at my desk all afternoon.

The day ahead: September 18, 2020

I’m only reachable in the late afternoon due to meetings. (How to contact me)

I’ve got 2 meetings with congressional staff, and 3 meetings with NGO coalitions, from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, which will make me pretty unresponsive for much of the day.

The day ahead: September 17, 2020

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

Getting a late start because I worked late last night. I’ve got a long-ish media interview in the morning, a border coalition meeting in the early afternoon, and an event at the end of the day. I should be at my desk the most in the afternoon, if needed.

The day ahead: September 16, 2020

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

I’ve got two internal planning meetings and a lot of writing to do, some of it to plan future border work, some of it on the situation in Colombia. I plan to be at my desk well into the evening trying to finish all of that.

The day ahead: September 15, 2020

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

Nothing on the calendar today for some reason. Which is fine—I spent more than 4 hours yesterday on an article about the unrest in Colombia, which should show up soon on the World Politics Review website. I hope to move a few projects ahead today and should be at my desk all day.

The day ahead: September 14, 2020

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

I’m in internal meetings all morning, but at my desk this afternoon. Last week I had a couple of events and a few writing deadlines; this week is not as hectic, but my communications inboxes are bursting. I’ll be spending much of the day getting back to people.

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