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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Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, May 17

  • 11:00 at Zoom: Debt, Austerity and Human Rights in Latin America (RSVP required).
  • 12:00-2:00 at Evaluating the Socioemotional Competencies of Students During the Pandemic and School Reopening (RSVP required).

Tuesday, May 18

  • 11:00-12:30 at USIP Zoom: Understanding the Crisis in Colombia: Perspectives from Cali on Dialogue, Justice, and Healing (RSVP required).
  • 11:00-12:30 at Life, Livelihoods and Liberty (RSVP required).
  • 1:00 at Zoom: Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and Authoritarianism in Unrevolutionary Mexico: A Book Talk with Paul Gillingham and Gema Kloppe-Santamaría (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-4:30 at The Decisions of Facebook’s Oversight Board – Implications for the Global South, particularly in Latin America (RSVP required).

Wednesday, May 19

Thursday, May 20

  • 10:00 at Member Day for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
  • 11:30-12:30 at Colombia’s Unrest (RSVP required).
  • 3:30-5:00 at Chile’s Constituent Assembly Elections: Deciphering the Results (RSVP required).

Friday, May 21

  • 10:00-6:30 at University of Chicago Zoom: Crisis and Conflict in Colombia: Urgent Testimonies, Context and Perspective (RSVP required).
  • 12:00-1:00 at Nicaraguan Elections and Prospects for Democracy in 2021 (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, May 10

  • 10:00 at Zoom: Pandemia, vacunas y derechos humanos en las Américas (RSVP required).
  • 2:00-3:30 at Latin America’s Digital Divide: Overcoming Persistent Gaps (RSVP required).

Tuesday, May 11

  • 10:30 at From a Humanitarian Exodus to Long-Term Growth: Latin America’s Journey Responding to the Venezuelan Exodus (RSVP required).
  • 7:00pm at eventbrite: Canada’s Toxic Legacy: Pan American Silver and Mining Billionaire Ross Beaty in Latin America (RSVP required).

Wednesday, May 12

  • 9:00 at IREE: The Future of Brazil – U.S. Relations under the Biden Administration (RSVP required).
  • 9:00-10:00 at Colombia Reacts to New Tax Reform: A Conversation with Colombia’s Minister of the Interior, Daniel Palacios Martínez (RSVP required).
  • 9:00-10:00 at might the year 2035 bring for China’s trade with Latin America? (RSVP required).

Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

  • 11:00-12:00 at Militarization and Militarism in Mexico: Implications for Security and Democracy (RSVP required).
  • 12:00-2:00 at Zoom: A New Cycle of War in Colombia? (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Tuesday, May 4

  • 11:00 at Zoom: Autonomía estratégica en América Latina y Europa: ¿por qué y cómo? (RSVP required).
  • 12:00-1:00 at 100 Days of the Biden-Harris Administration – What Lies Ahead for US-Mexico Ties? (RSVP required).
  • 1:00-2:00 at Gender Equality and Sustainability in Panama: A Conversation with Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes (RSVP required).

Wednesday, May 5

Thursday, May 6

  • 10:00-11:00 at Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia: Opportunities and Challenges (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 at Hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability on Stakeholder Perspectives on Addressing Migration Push Factors.
  • 2:00-3:00 at Healthcare Investment & Economic Recovery in the Americas (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-4:30 at Mexico’s Mid-Term Elections: What’s at Stake and What to Expect (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, April 26

  • 4:00-5:30 at Latin America & the Global Cold War (RSVP required).
  • 4:30-5:30 at A Conversation with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (RSVP required).

Tuesday, April 27

  • 11:30-12:30 at IRI Eventbrite: What’s Next for Perú? Analysis of the April 11 Elections and Beyond (RSVP required).
  • 12:00-1:30 at The Biden administration’s drug policy strategy and lessons from Portugal (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 at Hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations: Unaccompanied Children at the Border: Stakeholder Perspectives on the way Forward.
  • 2:00-4:00 at How Do We Support Students and Their Teachers in the Reopening of Schools? The Role of Diagnostic Learning Evaluations (RSVP required).
  • 5:00-6:00 at Beyond the headlines: Central American migrant’s human journey (RSVP required).

Wednesday, April 28

Thursday, April 29

  • 10:00-11:30 at Energy Transition in Latin America – The Role of the Private Sector (RSVP required).
  • 2:00-3:30 at The future of immigration policy in the United States (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-5:00 at CEJIL Zoom: ¿Hacía dónde va la CIDH? (RSVP required).
  • 4:00-5:00 at Renewing U.S. Hemispheric Engagement in a Changing World, a Keynote Address by Governor Bill Richardson (RSVP required).

Friday, April 30

  • 11:30 at Florida International University Zoom: The Policy Challenges of Central American Migration: The Human Rights Perspective (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, April 19

  • 3:00-4:30 at Peru and Ecuador: Elections and Democracy in the Andes (RSVP required).

Tuesday, April 20

  • 11:00-12:00 at Is Latin America Maximizing (or Missing Out on) China’s International Development Strategy? (RSVP required).
  • 11:00-1:00 at Protección en Colectivo – Defensores y defensoras indígenas de Derechos Humanos en Colombia (RSVP required).
  • 8:00pm at Lanzamiento Virtual del Informe Anual de Amnistía Internacional en Perú (RSVP required).

Wednesday, April 21

Thursday, April 22

  • 1:00-2:00 at Latin America and the Caribbean’s post-COVID-19 outlook (RSVP required).
  • 1:30 at Crimen y violencia en la frontera colombo-venezolana (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, April 5

  • 8:30 at Emerging markets recovery in 2021: A conversation with Mexico’s Finance Minister Herrera (RSVP required).
  • 10:30 at Leaders of the Americas: A conversation with H.E. Carlos Alvarado, President of Costa Rica (RSVP required).

Tuesday, April 6

  • 10:00 at América Latina y el impacto de la pandemia del COVID-19 (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-4:15 at “None of the Above”: Peru’s Fragmented Politics and the April 11 Elections (RSVP required).

Wednesday, April 7

  • 10:00-11:00 at Civil Society in Colombia’s Catatumbo Region Demand a Humanitarian Accord, Not Militarization (RSVP required).
  • 10:00-11:00 at Developments in the US-China-Mexico Triangular Dynamic (RSVP required).
  • 11:00-11:45 at Democratic Socialism: A Warning from Venezuela (RSVP required).
  • 12:00 at Report Launch: Defending Human Rights in Venezuela (RSVP required).
  • 3:00-5:00 at Argentina’s Lithium Industry and its Role in the Global Renewable Energy Transformation (RSVP required).

Thursday, April 8

  • 10:00-1:00 at ¿Cómo medimos la calidad de los servicios de educación inicial en América Latina? (RSVP required).
  • 11:00-12:00 at Digital Autocracy: Maduro’s control of the Venezuelan information environment (RSVP required).
  • 3:00 at FundaRedes: Refugiados venezolanos y colombianos entre la espada y la pared (RSVP required).
  • 7:30-9:00pm at Wall of Nations: Mexico, Guatemala and the New Southern Border (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Not much this week: it’s Holy Week (the week before Easter.) The U.S. Congress is in recess, and much of Latin America tends to shut down.

Tuesday, March 30

  • 10:30-12:00 at Freedom of Expression and Elections in Nicaragua (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, March 22

  • 6:30-7:00pm at Una conversación entre mujeres con coraje (RSVP required).

Tuesday, March 23

Wednesday, March 24

Thursday, March 25

Friday, March 26

  • 10:30-12:00 at Afro-descendants: Striving for Equality in Latin America (RSVP required).

Later today—Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia: The Whistleblower’s Perspective

You may have seen that Colombia’s transitional justice tribunal recently found that the country’s armed forces likely killed a shocking 6,402 civilians between 2002 and 2008. WOLA is putting on an event today at 4:00 Eastern to talk about it, and I’ll be presenting. Here’s the text of the announcement at WOLA’s website, where you can RSVP:

**Due to emergency security concerns, Sergeant Mora will not present during this panel**

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) cordially invites you to our webinar:

Afro-Colombian Sergeant Carlos Eduardo Mora of Colombia’s 15th Mobile Brigade of Ocaña observed inconsistencies in the combat deaths that members of his battalion were reporting in their counterinsurgency statistics. In 2008, Mora denounced his colleagues for killing civilians and later passing them as enemy combats. These extrajudicial killings were widespread throughout the country and became nationally known—and erroneously termed as “false positives”—when a scandal involving 19 murdered young men from the southwestern Bogotá neighborhood of Soacha was undercovered. 

Mora has suffered greatly for his role as a whistleblower, having faced multiple types of retaliation like public humiliation and death threats. His security situation became so serious that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a resolution in 2013 urging the Colombian state to protect Mora and his family.

In February, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz, JEP)—Colombia’s transitional justice tribunal devised in the 2016 peace accord—revealed that the Colombian armed forces committed at least 6,402 extrajudicial killings between 2002 and 2008. In light of these disturbing revelations, WOLA’s Director for the Andes Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli will moderate a panel to discuss the role of individuals like Sergeant Mora and hear from two human rights and U.S. military aid experts. Alberto Yepes, Coordinator for the Human Rights Observatory of the Colombia-Europe-United States Coordination (Coordinación Colombia-Europa-Estados Unidos, CCEU) coalition, will discuss the implications of the JEP’s recent order on extrajudicial killings. Adam Isacson, WOLA’s Director for Defense Oversight, will discuss U.S. funding to Colombia’s armed forces and what actions can be taken to guarantee justice in these horrific cases.

Event Details:Thursday, March 18, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT (Washington D.C.)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Bogotá, Colombia)


Simultaneous interpretation between English and Spanish will be available.

Register here.

Latin America-related online events this week

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  • 9:00-10:30 at Breaking the Stalemate: How Venezuelan Civil Society is Pushing for Free and Fair Elections (RSVP required).
  • 9:00-12:10 at Media and Democracy in the Americas IV – Overcoming Distrust in Media (RSVP required).
  • 9:30 at Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on United States Southern Command and United States Northern Command.
  • 10:30-11:30 at CLIP: Corriendo la cortina de las relaciones China – Venezuela (RSVP required).
  • 1:00 at Noria Research Zoom: Opium & the War on Drugs: Mexico into International Perspective (RSVP required).
  • 5:00 at COVID-19 recovery: A partnership strategy for the Biden administration in Latin America and the Caribbean (RSVP required).
  • 7:00 at Militarización y derechos de las mujeres (RSVP required).

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Friday, March 19, 2021

  • 11:00-12:00 at Fortifying the Future: Assessing the Homeland Security Mission in the Decade Ahead (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, March 8

Tuesday, March 9

  • 1:30-3:00 at LSESU Colombian Society: Prospects for the Peace Agreement in times of the Covid-19 pandemic (RSVP required).
  • 2:00-3:00 at What Will It Take to Salvage Cuba’s Economy? (RSVP required).

Wednesday, March 10

Thursday, March 11

Friday, March 12

  • 11:00 at International trade and Mercosur on its 30th anniversary: A foreign minister conversation (RSVP required).

Video of this morning’s Colombia coca event

Many thanks to our longtime friends and colleagues at the International Crisis group for joining us at this event. Though the topic is complex and often frustrating to teach, everybody explained well what they’ve been learning in the field, and the points that they wanted to get across. The moderation, interpretation, and technical aspects were all spot-on. We had well over 150 live viewers—I was glad to see the number not dropping as we passed the one-hour mark—and at least 200 more since then.

And don’t miss the February 26 ICG report on coca in Colombia, “Deeply Rooted,” on which this discussion centers.

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, March 1, 2021

  • 4:00–5:30 at The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti (RSVP required).
  • 4:00 at Estrategias de Seguridad Nacional (RSVP required).
  • 9:00pm at CIDE Zoom: Polarización Política: ¿hay vuelta atrás? (RSVP required).

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

  • 12:00–1:20 at The Return of the Military? (RSVP required).
  • 1:30–4:00 at A New Future for North America (RSVP required).

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

  • 1:00–2:00 at Connectivity in the Americas (RSVP required).

Friday, March 5, 2021

  • 11:00–12:15 at Coca and Violence in Colombia (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Tuesday, February 23

  • 10:00–11:00 at Brazil’s Accession to the OECD: A Conversation with Paulo Guedes, Brazilian Minister of the Economy (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–11:15 at Hacia Elecciones Transparentes y Participativas en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos: una conversación con el Panel Independiente 2021 (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–12:00 at Dis/information and Peace (RSVP required).
  • 1:00 at Zoom: Tráfico de armas de Estados Unidos hacia México: Diagnóstico y propuestas (RSVP required).
  • 2:00–3:30 at Police Violence in Comparative Perspective (RSVP required).
  • 3:00: Cuban Entrepreneurship (RSVP required).

Wednesday, February 24

  • 9:00–10:00 at China’s Global Energy Finance & China-Latin America Development Finance Database Updates (RSVP required).
  • 2:00–3:15 at Rethinking Brazilian Development: The Political Economy of Democratic Brazil (RSVP required).
  • 6:00 at Zoom: Hacia una política de integración de migrantes en México (RSVP required).

Thursday, February 25

  • 8:00 at Alcances y contenidos de la reconciliación (RSVP required).
  • 8:30–4:15 at Latin America in the World Order: Stepping Up (RSVP required).
  • 9:00–4:45 at Extreme Events in Central America: Reducing Risk, Enhancing Resilience (RSVP required).
  • 1:00–3:00 at Football and Nation-building in the Colombian Peace Process (RSVP required).
  • 4:00–5:00 at A Discussion with President Iván Duque on Granting Temporary Legal Protection to Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia (RSVP required).
  • 6:30 at YouTube: Diálogos México-Colombia: Regulación de la Marihuana.

Friday, February 26

  • 9:30–11:00 at The Road to Legal Abortion in Argentina (RSVP required).
  • 12:00 at colmex-mx.zoom: Revolution in development. Mexico and the governance of the global economy (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 at Mapping Out Change: The United States and Cuba: A New Policy of Engagement (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, February 15

  • 8:00–10:00pm at CISPES: Growth of Militarism and Neoliberalism in Central America (RSVP required).

Tuesday, February 16

  • 12:30–1:30 at Lessons Learned from Past International Projects with the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (RSVP required).
  • 3:00 at A Deep Dive Into Honduras’ Criminal Dynamics and Its Borders (RSVP required).

Wednesday, February 17

  • 9:00–10:00 at An Armchair Conversation with Mauricio Claver-Carone, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (RSVP required).
  • 9:30–11:00 at U.S. Counter-Drug Policy in the Western Hemisphere: Is it Working? (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–11:30 at Biden’s Central America Plan – Perspectives from the Region (RSVP required).
  • 12:00–1:30 at The Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy, Security and Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas (RSVP required).
  • 12:00–2:00 at Facebook Live: Militarización, Militarismo, y Sistema Político en México

Thursday, February 18

  • 10:00–11:30 at Results-Based Budgeting for Early Childhood Development – The Case of Peru (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–11:30 at Nonstate armed actors and the US Global Fragility Strategy: Challenges and opportunities (RSVP required).
  • 4:00–5:00 at A Conversation with President Francisco Sagasti of Peru (RSVP required).
  • 7:00–9:00pm at Periodismo y Acceso a la Información (RSVP required).
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