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: April 16, 2021

I’m very hard to contact today. (How to contact me)

I just realized I didn’t post this this morning. I’m in the midst of eight (8) meetings: 2 with legislative staff, 2 internal, 2 coalitions, 1 with a colleague at the border, and 1 interview in Colombia. Forget about reaching me today.

The day ahead: April 15, 2021

I’m very booked up today. And tomorrow too. (How to contact me)

I’m back in Washington and trying to catch up on things I couldn’t get to on Monday and Tuesday when I was in New York. We’re recording a podcast today, and I’ve got a couple of coalition meetings, a meeting with some researchers from Colombia’s Truth Commission, and need to set aside time to write our weekly border update. This will all make me hard to reach. With six meetings scheduled, I probably won’t be fast to respond tomorrow, either.

The day ahead: April 14, 2021

I’m very booked up today. (How to contact me)

It was lovely visiting family in New York the past two days, getting to see my father for the first time since the pandemic began (we’re all vaccinated). I got up early this morning and drove to Washington, where I am now. Today is full of internal and coalition meetings, plus an exchange with some U.S. officials. Otherwise I’m trying to catch up on things like news and e-mail after traveling, and only working a few hours per day, on Sunday through Tuesday.

The day ahead: April 13, 2021

My replies may be delayed today. (How to contact me)

I’m in New York visiting family whom I haven’t seen in a long time, now that we’re all vaccinated. I’m working intermittently, and reachable, but may not be able to respond immediately.

The day ahead: April 8, 2021

I’m easiest to reach mid-day to mid-afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’m finishing some writing this morning, then I need to silence all alerts while I record an hourlong lecture, which may require a few takes. After that I should be reachable while I work on our weekly border update. I have a Spanish-language TV interview and a meeting with Colombian colleagues late in the day.

The day ahead: April 7, 2021

I’m unreachable today, due to a vaccine appointment, meetings, and a deadline. (How to contact me)

I’m getting my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine this afternoon, and since I can’t predict whether I’ll suffer side effects or not, I’m going to be unavailable. In the morning I’m attending WOLA’s event on Catatumbo, Colombia, have a meeting with a colleague in Colombia, and am finishing a presentation that was due yesterday.

The day ahead: March 31, 2021

I’m in a few meetings, but mostly reachable. (How to contact me)

The lighter “holy week” schedule allowed me to get some writing done yesterday. Today I’ve got an internal meeting and a few interviews on the calendar, but otherwise plan to be at my desk, writing and catching up some overflowing inboxes.

The day ahead: March 30, 2021

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

For the first time in a long time, I have no fixed meetings or screaming deadline on the calendar. (Thank you, Easter week.) It’s a good day to catch up on unanswered email, update contacts and out-of-date websites, and do some writing about the border that doesn’t require typing as fast as my hands can go. I should be reachable if needed—though it’s a nice spring day and I may insist on breaking for a walk.

The day ahead: March 29, 2021

I’m in meetings until late afternoon. (How to contact me)

As it’s a holiday week in Latin America, I’m hoping the pace of work will slow from “frenetic” to just “busy.” I’d like to answer my email, plan a bit, write, and maybe even go outside and see the sky.

Not today, though: I’ve got about three hours of internal meetings and a meeting with some Colombia researchers. Things will free up a bit mid-afternoon.

The day ahead: March 26, 2021

I won’t be reachable until the afternoon. (How to contact me)

I’ve got a more open schedule today, but need to meet some writing deadlines (including what will be a beast of a weekly border update). I won’t be very responsive until I’m done—probably in the early to mid-afternoon.

The day ahead: March 24, 2021

I’m somewhat reachable in the morning and not at all in the afternoon. (How to contact me)

I just took my daughter across town to take her SAT exam. They grow up so fast. (Not really, it feels like it’s been a long time.)

While that’s going on, I’ve got a lot else on the calendar: two border coalition meetings, a meeting with legislative staff, an interview. I may be hard to get in touch with today.

The day ahead: March 23, 2021

I’m around, other than meetings mid-day and mid-afternoon. (How to contact me)

As happens when an issue one works on takes over the national news, the border situation is occupying me all day long. I realized I had to get a good night’s sleep yesterday, when in a Spanish interview it took me 3 seconds to remember the verb “expulsar“—and I did sleep well.

Today I’m briefing 2 groups of congressional staff, but otherwise have no pre-planned meetings and should be reachable as I catch up my news database and my e-mail and other communications inboxes. I’d also like to carve out some time to write, but am not sure that will happen.

The day ahead: March 18, 2021

I’m not easy to reach today due to a full schedule. (How to contact me)

I’ll be speaking at an event put on today by WOLA’s Colombia program. I put together what I believe is a blistering talk on the country’s current human rights trajectory, so don’t miss it. I’ve also got on the schedule two interviews, two coalition meetings, and an internal meeting, and I’ll be working on a weekly border update. All that may make me hard to contact today.

The day ahead: March 17, 2021

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

I got my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. No ill effects, other than a very sore shoulder and the need to take a very long nap yesterday afternoon. Today, for me, will be a day of writing and catching up. I’ve got an internal meeting mid-day. Otherwise I’ll be finishing my parts of a WOLA commentary on the border, preparing my talk for a WOLA Colombia event tomorrow, and answering messages that accumulated yesterday. I also hope to carve out a few hours for research and website updates, depending on how long it takes to do everything else.

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