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, March 1, 2021

  • 4:00–5:30 at wilsoncenter.org: The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti (RSVP required).
  • 4:00 at ub.edu.ar: 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 harvard.edu: The Return of the Military? (RSVP required).
  • 1:30–4:00 at wilsoncenter.org: A New Future for North America (RSVP required).

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

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

Friday, March 5, 2021

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

Latin America-related online events this week

Tuesday, February 23

  • 10:00–11:00 at csis.org: Brazil’s Accession to the OECD: A Conversation with Paulo Guedes, Brazilian Minister of the Economy (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–11:15 at juridicas.unam.mx: 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 uk.rodeemoseldialogo.org: 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 columbiauniversity.zoom.us: Police Violence in Comparative Perspective (RSVP required).
  • 3:00: Cuban Entrepreneurship (RSVP required).

Wednesday, February 24

  • 9:00–10:00 at thedialogue.org: China’s Global Energy Finance & China-Latin America Development Finance Database Updates (RSVP required).
  • 2:00–3:15 at wilsoncenter.org: 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 uniandes.edu.co: Alcances y contenidos de la reconciliación (RSVP required).
  • 8:30–4:15 at sais.jhu.edu: Latin America in the World Order: Stepping Up (RSVP required).
  • 9:00–4:45 at lack.fiu.edu: Extreme Events in Central America: Reducing Risk, Enhancing Resilience (RSVP required).
  • 1:00–3:00 at uk.rodeemoseldialogo.org: Football and Nation-building in the Colombian Peace Process (RSVP required).
  • 4:00–5:00 at csis.org: 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 thedialogue.org: 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 wola.org: 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 gwu.edu: Lessons Learned from Past International Projects with the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (RSVP required).
  • 3:00 at insightcrime.org: A Deep Dive Into Honduras’ Criminal Dynamics and Its Borders (RSVP required).

Wednesday, February 17

  • 9:00–10:00 at csis.org: An Armchair Conversation with Mauricio Claver-Carone, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (RSVP required).
  • 9:30–11:00 at wilsoncenter.org: U.S. Counter-Drug Policy in the Western Hemisphere: Is it Working? (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–11:30 at thedialogue.org: Biden’s Central America Plan – Perspectives from the Region (RSVP required).
  • 12:00–1:30 at cina.gmu.edu: 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 thedialogue.org: Results-Based Budgeting for Early Childhood Development – The Case of Peru (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–11:30 at brookings.edu: Nonstate armed actors and the US Global Fragility Strategy: Challenges and opportunities (RSVP required).
  • 4:00–5:00 at wilsoncenter.org: A Conversation with President Francisco Sagasti of Peru (RSVP required).
  • 7:00–9:00pm at periodistasdeapie.org.mx: Periodismo y Acceso a la Información (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, February 8

  • 3:30–4:45 at wilsoncenter.org: Barred at the Border: Compassionate Policy Options for Safe Family Reunification (RSVP required).

Tuesday, February 9

  • 10:00–1:00 at Zoom: Tortura y Crisis Sanitaria: Acciones urgentes para cumplir los compromisos internacionales y garantizar la integridad personal en tiempos de COVID-19 (RSVP required).
  • 11:00 at rodeemoseldialogo.org: Perspectivas de Paz con el ELN en 2021 (RSVP required).
  • 2:00–3:00 at wilsoncenter.org: Mexico and United States: From subordination to expectation (RSVP required).

Wednesday, February 10

  • 11:00–12:00 at uchicago.edu: Violence and Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean—Gang Rule: An Experiment in Countering Criminal Governance (RSVP required).
  • 11:30–1:00 at wilsoncenter.org: El Salvador’s Legislative Elections: Whither Democracy? (RSVP required).
  • 3:00 at venezuelablog.org: ‘Venezuela Speaks:’ An open window to transformation (RSVP required).

Thursday, February 11

  • 7:00–8:00pm at williamjperrycenter.org: Security Challenges in the Caribbean in the Age of COVID: 2021 and Beyond (RSVP required).
  • 8:30pm at Migratory Notes: Migratory Notes Town Hall: Covering Central American Migration (RSVP required).

Friday, February 12

  • 9:30–11:00 at wola.org: Evaluating the Impact of Ending Diesel Swaps in Venezuela (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Tuesday, February 2

  • 10:00–11:00 at americasquarterly.org: The New Face of Multilateralism Under Biden (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–12:00 at wilsoncenter.org: Ninth Annual US-Mexico Security Conference: Part 2 (RSVP required).
  • 12:00–1:30 at eventbrite.com: Adelante: The Other Side (RSVP required).
  • 6:00 at insightcrime.org: A Deep Dive Into Guatemala’s Criminal Dynamics and Its Borders (RSVP required).

Wednesday, February 3

  • 9:00–10:30 at eventbrite.com: Digital Technology and the Fight Against Corruption in Latin America (RSVP required).
  • 9:00–10:30 at Zoom: Fiscalías y Estado de Derecho (RSVP required).
  • 10:00 at Zoom: Cuba ante la Agenda 2030. Cumplimiento del #ODS5 (RSVP required).
  • 11:30–12:45 at Zoom: Fiscalías y Estado de Derecho (RSVP required).
  • 12:00–1:00 at seaif.org: Corrupción en Centroamérica: desafíos, derrotas y destellos de esperanza (RSVP required).
  • 12:30–1:30 at wilsoncenter.org: The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations (RSVP required).

Thursday, February 4

Friday, February 5

  • 10:00–11:00 at csis.org: A Conversation with Martha Bárcena, Outgoing Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, January 25

  • 12:30–1:30 at newschool.edu: Decolonizing Drug Policy: Perspectives from the Americas and Asia (RSVP required).

Tuesday, January 26

  • 10:00–12:00 at wilsoncenter.org: Ninth Annual US-Mexico Security Conference: Part 1 (RSVP required).
  • 3:00–5:30: Política energética, capitalismo extractivista y medio ambiente (RSVP required).
  • 8:00pm at Zoom: ¿Por qué hablamos de drogas? (RSVP required).

Wednesday, January 27

  • 10:00–11:30 at refugeesinternational.org: From Displacement to Development: Challenges and Opportunities to the Economic Inclusion of Venezuelans in Colombia (RSVP required).
  • 12:00 at uk.rodeemoseldialogo.org: Cowards Don’t Make History by Joanne Rappaport (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 at Zoom: In the vortex of violence. Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (RSVP required).
  • 3:00 at notredame.zoom.us: Ethnic Report from the Barometer Initiative (RSVP required).
  • 4:00–6:00 at elespectador.com: ¿En qué va la Reforma Rural Integral? Information here.

Thursday, January 28

  • 5:00–6:00 at williamjperrycenter.org: Regional Security and Defense: The Next Decade (RSVP required).
  • 5:30–7:00 at Zoom: Author Meets Critics: MS-13 the Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang w/Steven Dudley (RSVP required).

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, December 14

  • 7:00pm at ContraCorriente: Periodismo transnacional: retos y logros (RSVP required).

Tuesday, December 15

  • 8:00–9:00am at csis.org: A Partnership for Taiwan and Latin America: The Creative Economy (RSVP required).
  • 11:00–12:00 at the dialogue.org: Economic Recovery and Rebuilding the Social Fabric in Latin America and the Caribbean (RSVP required).
  • 2:30 at Amnesty USA Zoom: Protecting Asylum-Seekers During COVID-19: How We Can Uphold Human Rights, Safeguard Public Health, and Ensure Humanitarian Support (RSVP required).
  • 3:00–4:15 at thedialogue.org: Rethinking Drug Policy in the Americas (RSVP required).

Wednesday, December 16

  • 11:00–12:00 at the dialogue.org: Ingresos mineros y petroleros, el cambio climático y la recuperación verde (RSVP required).
  • 3:00–4:30 at wola.org: Peru 2021: ¿Quo Vadis? (RSVP required).
  • 5:00 at atlanticcouncil.org: Latin America-China relations in 2021: Opportunities, risks, and recommendations (RSVP required).

A video archive about late 2020 civil-military relations, covering 11 Latin American countries

After a very successful event today, we now have, on WOLA’s YouTube page, four hours of discussions of the current moment with premier experts in civil-military relations from 11 Latin American countries. It’s in two parts: today’s discussion, and an earlier one, with a similar format, hosted in September.

Taken together, they are a tremendous resource for understanding this uneasy, precarious moment in the hemisphere’s politics and democratic transitions (or reversions). Sort of like two focus groups taking the pulse of things, shared with the public.

This is raw video in Spanish, though. Some audiences, like busy policymakers with competing commitments and responsibilities, won’t watch all of it. We need to repackage it, perhaps in a variety of formats. I need to figure out over the holidays how best to do that.

In the meantime, though, here are the event videos, which are really worth your time. In reverse chronological order:

Today’s video (December 11), covering Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru.
Our September 11 event, covering Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay.

Video of yesterday’s discussion of coca and eradication in Colombia

That was a great discussion yesterday. As you could see if you “attended,” our partners in Colombia are very concerned about what might happen if the U.S-funded program of aerial glyphosate fumigation returns to Colombia’s coca-growing zones, as the Bogotá government is promising may happen in two months or less.

I’m pleased that several dozen people tuned in to the live event. Here is the video. There’s no translation track, so you have to be comfortable with Spanish.

We’ll keep making noise about this, because it’s bad policy, it’s going to harm people, and even if it temporarily brings the “hectare” number down, it will do so at great cost to social peace and to Colombia’s peace process.

I’m putting on two events this week

I tend to host live events only a few times per year, but for some reason I’m doing two this week. The first was an idea raised by colleagues in Colombia, which was too good to pass up. The second was an idea I developed with a colleague in Uruguay, and I’m honored that every single speaker we invited accepted.

One, on Wednesday, will give an on-the-ground update about coca in Colombia. The other will survey people from six countries about the state of civil-military relations nine months into the pandemic.

Wednesday, December 9: Coca and Eradication Four Years into Colombia’s “Post-Accord” Phase

Four years after the signing of a historic peace accord, hundreds of thousands of Colombian families continue to rely on the coca crop. The government, with U.S. support, has already broken its annual record for forced eradication, during the pandemic, and little of it has been coordinated with food security or rural development assistance. Now, a revival of a controversial aerial herbicide fumigation program is looming.

How are coca cultivating communities responding? How does all of this relate to the peace accord? What might happen if fumigation restarts? What are the costs of eradication, both financially and in terms of rights? Will pursuing the same strategies pursued during the past 30 years really yield a different result? What happened with the peace accords’ crop substitution program? What would a better coca policy look like? How should the new U.S. administration adjust its assistance programs?

WOLA, Elementa, CODHES, the Instituto Pensar of the Universidad Javeriana, the Alianza de Mujeres Tejedoras de Vida, and the Corporación Viso Mutop look forward to addressing these topics on Wednesday, December 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (U.S. eastern and Bogotá time).

Event Details:

Wednesday, December 9, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

REGISTER ON ZOOM

Featuring:

  • Marco Romero, CODHES, Bogotá
  • Nancy Sánchez Méndez, Mujeres Tejedoras de Vida, Mocoa, Putumayo
  • Adriana Muro, Elementa DDHH, Colombia-México
  • Adam Isacson, WOLA, Washington D.C.
  • Pedro Arenas, Corporación Viso Mutop, Bogotá

Moderator:

  • Marcela Ceballos, Instituto Pensar, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá

Simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Friday, December 11 (Spanish only – no budget for interpretation, sorry!): Las relaciones cívico-militares en América Latina después de nueve meses de pandemia

La Oficina en Washington para Asuntos Latinoamericanos (WOLA) cordialmente le invita a un webinario:Aún antes del inicio de la pandemia COVID-19, muchos analistas políticos en América Latina se estaban preocupando por el crecimiento de los papeles internos, y de la influencia política, de las fuerzas armadas de la región. Estos han llegado, en muchos países, a niveles no vistos desde las dictaduras de la época de la Guerra Fría.

Ahora, en gran parte de la región, la pandemia está cambiando las relaciones cívico-militares de manera tan rápida que es difícil monitorear la situación. Las fuerzas armadas siempre son obligadas a participar en el entorno civil en momentos de desastres naturales, pero el COVID-19 es un desastre que afecta cada rincón de los territorios nacionales, sin fecha límite aparente.

WOLA auspiciará una discusión necesaria de los últimos cambios de las relaciones cívico-militares regionales. Escucharemos presentaciones breves de expertos sobre seis países, seguidas por una discusión abierta.

Detalles del evento:

Viernes, 11 de diciembre de 2020, 12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m. Hora Este de los Estados Unidos (EST – Washington DC, UTC−05:00)

Este webinario se transmitirá en la página de YouTube de WOLA.

Panelistas:

  • Lilian BobeaFitchburg State University, Presentando sobre la República Dominicana
  • Iduvina HernándezSeguridad en Democracia (SEDEM), Presentando sobre Guatemala
  • Francine JácomeInstituto Venezolano de Estudios Sociales y Políticos (INVESP), Presentando sobre Venezuela
  • Leticia SalomónCentro de Documentación de Honduras (CEDOH), Presentando sobre Honduras
  • Ricardo SoberónCentro de Investigación Drogas y Derechos Humanos (CIDDH), Presentando sobre Perú
  • Loreta TelleríaObservatorio de Democracia y Seguridad, Presentando sobre Bolivia

Moderador:

  • Claudio AlonsoExdirector general de política de defensa, Ministerio de la Defensa Nacional de Uruguay

Introducción:

  • Adam IsacsonDirector del programa de veeduría de defensa en WOLA

La discusión se hará en español.

Latin America-related online events this week

Monday, December 7, 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

  • 8:30–10:00 at wilsoncenter.org: Elecciones en pandemia: aprendizajes y desafíos para el 2021 (RSVP required).
  • 9:00–10:15 at thedialogue.org: Chinese Investment in LAC — Post-Pandemic Prospects (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–11:15 at usip.org: How Movements Fight Corruption (RSVP required).
  • 1:00–2:30 at wilsoncenter.org: Gender-Based Violence and Rule of Law: Improving Protections for Women (RSVP required).
  • 1:30–3:00 at wola.org: Coca and Eradication Four Years into Colombia’s “Post-Accord” Phase (RSVP required).
  • 2:00 at foreignaffairs.house.gov: Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on International Human Rights and the Closing Civic Space.
  • 2:00 at atlanticcouncil.org: The incoming US administration and the future of supply chains in the Americas (RSVP required).
  • 3:00–4:30 at thedialogue.org: REMDI: Evaluating the impact of the pandemic on early childhood development in Latin America and the Caribbean (RSVP required).

Thursday, December 10, 2020

  • 11:00–12:00 at thedialogue.org: Forward Together: A Conversation with Former Presidents of the Americas (RSVP required).
  • 11:30–1:00 at csis.org: Lessons Learned for Afghanistan from El Salvador’s Peace Process (RSVP required).

Friday, December 11, 2020

  • 9:00–10:30 at wola.org: Afro-Descendant Rights in the Americas: The Perspective of Transnational Activists in the U.S. and the Region (RSVP required).
  • 12:00–2:00 at wola.org: Las relaciones cívico-militares en América Latina después de nueve meses de pandemia (RSVP required).
  • 2:30–4:00 at wola.org: Assessing Venezuela’s National Assembly Elections (RSVP required).

Event December 9: Coca and Eradication Four Years into Colombia’s “Post-Accord” Phase

Colombia has broken its annual record for forced manual coca eradication, and renewed aerial herbicide fumigation looms in 2021.

We’ll be discussing this with some longtime colleagues in Colombia a week from Wednesday: December 9, at 1:30 Eastern. Here’s the text of the event announcement, where you can RSVP. Please share.

(And also — on Friday December 11 I’m putting together a new discussion of COVID-era civil-military relations, covering six countries. Mark your calendar and join for both events if you’re able.)

Four years after the signing of a historic peace accord, hundreds of thousands of Colombian families continue to rely on the coca crop. The government, with U.S. support, has already broken its annual record for forced eradication, during the pandemic, and little of it has been coordinated with food security or rural development assistance. Now, a revival of a controversial aerial herbicide fumigation program is looming.

How are coca cultivating communities responding? How does all of this relate to the peace accord? What might happen if fumigation restarts? What are the costs of eradication, both financially and in terms of rights? Will pursuing the same strategies pursued during the past 30 years really yield a different result? What happened with the peace accords’ crop substitution program? What would a better coca policy look like? How should the new U.S. administration adjust its assistance programs?

WOLA, Elementa, CODHES, the Instituto Pensar of the Universidad Javeriana, the Alianza de Mujeres Tejedoras de Vida, and the Corporación Viso Mutop look forward to addressing these topics on Wednesday, December 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (U.S. eastern and Bogotá time).

Event Details:
Wednesday, December 9
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

REGISTER ON ZOOM

Featuring:

  • Marco Romero
    CODHES, Bogotá
  • Nancy Sánchez Méndez
    Mujeres Tejedoras de Vida, Mocoa, Putumayo
  • Adriana Muro
    Elementa DDHH, Colombia-México
  • Adam Isacson
    WOLA, Washington D.C.
  • Pedro Arenas
    Corporación Viso Mutop, Bogotá

Moderator:

  • Marcela Ceballos
    Instituto Pensar, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá

Simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Latin America-related online events this week

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

  • 7:00–8:15am at thedialogue.org: ¿Qué papel puede tener Japón en la recuperación post-Covid-19 de América Latina? (RSVP required).
  • 12:00–1:30 at wilsoncenter.org: La digitalización de las Pymes: Propuestas de solución para la recuperación económica post-COVID (RSVP required).

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

  • 9:00–10:15 at thedialogue.org: Leveraging Japan-LAC Relations Post-Covid-19 (RSVP required).
  • 10:00 at foreignaffairs.house.gov: Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on The Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission: Charting a New Path Forward (link should be posted soon to Committee website).
  • 10:30–11:30 at wilsoncenter.org: US Foreign Aid to the Northern Triangle 2014–2019: Promoting Success by Learning from the Past (RSVP required).
  • 11:00–12:30 at canninghouse.org: Latin American Trade Alliances (RSVP required).
  • 1:00–2:30 at thedialogue.org: Democracy in a Post-Pandemic Latin America (RSVP required).

Thursday, December 3, 2020

  • 11:30–12:45 at wilsoncenter.org: Venezuela’s Assembly Elections (RSVP required).
  • 4:00–5:15 at thedialogue.org: LGBTQ Rights and US Foreign Policy: A Need to Lead (RSVP required).

Friday, December 4, 2020

  • 10:00 at CRIES Zoom: Los actores globales y el (re) descubrimiento de América Latina (RSVP required).
  • 12:00 at phr-org.zoom.us: Family Separation and Reunification Efforts (RSVP required).
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