Adam Isacson

Defense, security, borders, migration, and human rights in Latin America and the United States. May not reflect my employer’s consensus view.

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Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, February 26, 2024

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Friday, March 1, 2024

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

  • 12:00-1:30 at Georgetown University: Higher Education and Social Mobility in Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities (RSVP required).
  • 1:00 at cmsny.org: Telling the Truth about the Border: A Humane Vision for Border Management (RSVP required).
  • 1:30-2:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue and online: Bernardo Arévalo’s First Month in Office and the Path Ahead for Guatemala (RSVP required).
  • 1:30-3:00 at Zoom: Presentación del cortometraje COLATERAL (México, 2024) (RSVP required).

Thursday, February 22, 2024

  • 4:00-5:00 at Georgetown University and Georgetown Americas Institute YouTube: Mexico’s 2024 Elections: What’s at Stake, What’s Next? (RSVP required).

Friday, February 23, 2024

  • 11:00-12:00 at wilsoncenter.org: A Brazilian Perspective on the G20: Debriefing the First Ministerial Meeting (RSVP required).

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, February 12, 2024

  • 2:00 at the Atlantic Council and online: Countering China and Russia in Latin America and the Caribbean (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-6:00 at Georgetown University and online: Seminar ‘Why does Latin America matter?’ (RSVP required).
  • 4:00-5:30 at Columbia University Zoom: Bukele’s El Salvador and its Regional Implications on Democracy and Security: A Post-electoral Discussion (RSVP required).

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

  • 10:00 at atlanticcouncil.org: A new era for US-Guatemala economic relations (RSVP required).
  • 1:00 at IBERO online: Presentación del libro “El negocio del crimen. El crecimiento del delito, los mercados ilegales y la violencia en América Latina” (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-4:00 at csis.org: Venezuela’s Deteriorating Electoral Conditions: A Conversation with María Corina Machado (RSVP required).

Thursday, February 15, 2024

  • 9:30-11:00 at the Wilson Center: A Conversation With Mexico City Mayoral Candidate Salomón Chertorivski (RSVP required).
  • 11:00-12:00 at wola.org: Mexico could elect its first female president. What would this mean for human rights and the feminist movement? (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 in Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building and online: Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee on The Agents of Antisemitism in Latin America.
  • 2:00 in Room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building and online: Hearing of the House Oversight National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on The Consequences of Catch and Release at the Border.
  • 3:00-4:00 at csis.org: Report Launch: China’s Role in Democratic Backsliding in Latin America and the Caribbean (RSVP required).

Friday, February 16, 2024

  • 10:00-11:30 at wola.org: From Barbados to Democratic Elections: Will Venezuela Meet the Challenge? (RSVP required).
  • 12:30-1:45 at the Inter-American Dialogue and online: Perspectives on Remittances in 2024 (RSVP required).
  • 4:15 at the Atlantic Council and online: The Bahamian foreign minister on shaping US-Caribbean ties (RSVP required).

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, February 5, 2024

  • 9:30-11:00 at wilsoncenter.org: A Conversation with Mexican Presidential Candidate Xóchitl Gálvez (RSVP required).

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Friday, February 9, 2024

  • 12:00 at UCSD online: Will Immigration be Biden’s Poisoned Apple in 2024? (RSVP required).

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, January 29, 2024

  • 10:00-11:00 at csis.org: El Salvador’s 2024 Elections: Voting in a One-Party State? (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-4:00 at the Atlantic Council and atlanticcouncil.org: Industry Minister Víctor Bisonó on the Dominican Republic’s economic growth and resilience (RSVP required).
  • 5:30-7:00 at Georgetown University and YouTube: Religious and Academic Freedom in Nicaragua (RSVP required).

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Thursday, February 1, 2024

  • 12:15 at the Atlantic Council and atlanticcouncil.org: Unlocking opportunities for the US-Suriname relationship (RSVP required).

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, January 22, 2024

  • 4:00-5:00 at atlanticcouncil.org: LAC2024: The stories we’ll likely be talking about (RSVP required).

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

  • 8:00-9:30 at Zoom: The human rights crisis in Mexico: the road towards Mexico’s fourth cycle to the Universal Periodic Review (RSVP required).
  • 12:00-2:00 at Centro PRODH Facebook Live: México Ante la 4ª revisión del Examen Periódico Universal de la ONU (RSVP required).
  • 4:00-5:30 at American University: Book Launch and Commemoration:The North American Research Initiative (RSVP required).

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

  • 1:00-2:00 at quincyinst.org: Demilitarizing the U.S.-Mexico Relationship (RSVP required).
  • 4:30 at the Atlantic Council and atlanticcouncil.org: Setting the US-Caribbean agenda with The Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Frederick Mitchell (RSVP required).

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, December 11

  • 5:00-6:30 at Columbia University Zoom: Guatemala: Democracy in the Crosshairs (RSVP required).

Tuesday, December 12

  • 1:00-2:00 at Refugees International Zoom: A Better Approach Toward Reception of People Seeking Asylum (RSVP required).

Wednesday, December 13

  • 10:00-11:15 at aei.org: Should Argentina Dollarize? (RSVP required).
  • 12:00-2:00 at House of Sweden: The Global State of Democracy: Presentation of International IDEA’s 2023 Report (RSVP required).

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, December 4

  • 8:30-10:00 at csis.org: Prospects and Pitfalls for Security Assistance in Haiti (RSVP required).

Tuesday, December 5

Wednesday, December 6

  • 9:00-10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: La agenda ambiental y climática en Colombia: autoridades locales hablan (RSVP required).
  • 9:30-11:00 at the Brookings Institution and online: Tackling global corruption to strengthen democracy and security (RSVP required).
  • 10:00 at Race and Equality: Challenges And Lessons Of The Brazilian Trans Movement (RSVP required).
  • 11:30-12:45 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Mobilizing Youth for Democracy and Human Rights (RSVP required).
  • 2:00-3:00 at carnegieendowment.org: Pivotal States: Is the United States Overlooking Mexico’s Potential? (RSVP required).
  • 2:00-5:30 at CSIS and online: Progress and Possibility: Reflecting on 75 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-5:00 at the Atlantic Council and online: Elections everywhere all at once (RSVP required).
  • 6:30 at cuny.edu: How Can We Solve The Border Crisis? (RSVP required).

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, November 27

Tuesday, November 28

  • 10:00 at the Atlantic Council and atlanticcouncil.org: Venezuela 2024: A democratic opportunity (RSVP required).

Wednesday, November 29

Thursday, November 30

  • 10:00 at the Atlantic Council and atlanticcouncil.org: Assessing the future of US-Colombia cooperation on drugs and security (RSVP required).
  • 10:00-11:30 at the thedialogue.org: The State of Community-based Care and Support Systems for People with Disabilities in Latin America (RSVP required).
  • 10:00-7:00 at IberoMx YouTube: Conferencia Internacional sobre Reducción de Homicidios.
  • 11:00 at Zoom: Reforming “The Dictators’ Bank”: Revelations from recent investigative reporting into the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) (RSVP required).
  • 12:00 at International Crisis Group Zoom: Mexico: Women’s Rise in Organised Crime (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 in Room 210 of the Capitol Visitors’ Center and online: Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on The U.S. Border Crisis and the American Solution to an International Problem.
  • 4:00-6:30 at the Keough School Washington office: Lasting and Sustainable Peace in Colombia: The seventh anniversary of the peace accord and opportunities that lie ahead (RSVP required).
  • 5:00-7:00 at George Washington University: Assessing Argentina’s Election Results: Prospects for the Future (RSVP required).
  • 6:00-8:00 at George Washington University: Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges and Growth (RSVP required).

Friday, December 1

Video: “Migrant Justice in Times of Militarized Borders”

This was a great panel on November 7, with speakers in four countries (the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia). We talked about challenges for dignified migration at a time of hardening borders and more military and police involvement in migration control throughout the region.

Many thanks to Hispanics in Philanthropy and Open Society Foundations for organizing it and inviting me to participate.

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, November 13

  • 10:00-11:30 at the Wilson Center and online: US–EU Cooperation: Strengthening Democracy in Latin America (RSVP required).

Tuesday, November 14

Wednesday, November 15

  • 8:00-10:00 at atlanticcouncil.org: The Caribbean gender empowerment forum (RSVP required).
  • 9:00-12:00 at homeland.house.gov: Hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee on Worldwide Threats to the Homeland.
  • 11:00-12:30 at Georgetown University: CLAS Ambassador Series: A Conversation with H.E. Catalina Crespo Sancho of Costa Rica (RSVP required).
  • 2:00-3:00 at wilsoncenter.org: Examining the Impact of Elections in Argentina with Former President Macri (RSVP required).
  • 6:00-8:00 at WOLA and at wola.org: Racism in the Americas: A Path Forward (RSVP required).

Thursday at 5:00 Eastern: Crowd-Control Weapons in the Americas: Evidence From the Ground and How to Stop Their Harm

A big group of non-governmental human rights organizations, from around Latin America, has a hearing on Thursday at the OAS Inter-American Human Rights Commission to discuss how security forces are misusing supposedly “non-lethal” crowd-control weapons to maim or kill participants in political protests. The United States, through arms sales, is a top source of those weapons.

Join me later on Thursday, at 5:00—at WOLA or online—when I have the honor of moderating a discussion with some of them.

Here’s the explanatory text from WOLA’s website:

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) warmly invite you to the hybrid event “Crowd-control weapons in the Americas: Evidence from the ground and how to stop their harm”. The event will be held in-person and on Zoom on Thursday 9 November from 5:00-6:30 PM EST.

The right to protest in the Americas is regularly undermined when crowd-control weapons (misleadingly called non-lethal or less-lethal) are used and misused in ways that are disproportionate, indiscriminate and illegal. They inflict life-changing injuries, long-term psychological harm and even death. Despite growing recognition of their dangers, the manufacture, marketing, trade and use of law enforcement equipment including less lethal weapons continues to rise.

Join us for a civil society discussion on how to tackle the negative impacts of crowd-control weapons used by law enforcement in protests across the Americas with experts from the US, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador. 

The discussion will include a presentation of Lethal in Disguise 2: How Crowd-Control Weapons Impact Health and Human Rights, reflections on an IACHR hearing on the subject to be held earlier that day and growing call at the UN for a binding global Torture-Free Trade Treaty.

Speakers:

  • Adam Isaacson, Director for Defense Oversight at WOLA (moderator)
  • Erika Dailey, Director of Advocacy and Policy of PHR
  • Alicia Ruth Tapuy Santi, INREDH / Widow of Byron Guatatuca
  • Camilo Mendoza Zamudio, Researcher for the police violence observatory and platform GRITA of Temblores NGO
  • Juliana Miranda, Researcher for Citizen Security and Police Violence teams of CELS
  • Michael Perloff, staff attorney at ACLU

The event will be in Spanish and English with simultaneous interpretation available virtually. For those joining us in person and need interpretation, we ask that you bring a device and headphones to connect to the virtual meeting and access the simultaneous interpretation. Wifi will be available.

There will be ample time for Q&A, as well as a short reception following the discussion with beverages and snacks.

** Registration is required both for in person and virtual participation. Please RSVP through this link. 

The event will be livestreamed and accessible afterwards on WOLA’s Youtube Channel.

Latin America-Related Events in Washington and Online This Week

(Events that I know of, anyway. All times are U.S. Eastern.)

Monday, November 6

Tuesday, November 7

  • 8:30-5:30 at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission: 188 Period of Sessions.
  • 3:00-4:30 at Zoom: Migrant Justice in Times of Militarized Borders (RSVP required).
  • 5:00-6:30 at American University: Cafecito Talk: Gender, Tech, and Sustainability (RSVP required).

Wednesday, November 8

Thursday, November 9

Friday, November 10

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