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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Last Month’s U.S. Government Reports Relevant to Latin America

Vice Admiral Craig S. Faller, Advance Questions for Vice Admiral Craig S. Faller, USN Nominee for Commander, United States Southern Command (Washington: Senate Armed Services Committee, September 25, 2018). Written answers to questions submitted by the Senate Armed Services Committee to the nominee to head Southern Command. CBP Has Not Ensured Safeguards for Data Collected […]

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Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America

Mexico – Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (Washington: Defense Security Cooperation Agency, August 9, 2018). The President must notify Congress of any pending Foreign Military Sale of defense articles or services exceeding $50 million, of design and construction services exceeding $200 million, or any major defense equipment exceeding $14 million. Southwest Border Migration FY2018 (Washington: U.S. Customs […]

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The 17 Government Reports About Latin America That I Found Most Useful in 2017

Tracking the U.S. relationship with Latin America’s security forces requires finding credible, citable data. For that, government documents are a goldmine. They’re primary sources, straight from the State and unfiltered through outside journalists or analysts. I find such documents so useful that since 2015 I’ve kept a database of them: those I’ve obtained as well […]

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Here’s an archive of U.S. documents about the border wall

Going back to January 20. Especially important or useful ones are bold. 2018 Homeland Security Appropriation, House Appropriations Committee bill language (July 19, 2017): page 9 (local link) 2018 Homeland Security Appropriation, House Appropriations Committee narrative report language (July 19, 2017): page 25 (local link) U.S. Customs and Border Protection congressional testimony on “Fiscal Year 2018 […]

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Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America

Lessons Learned from Prior Reports on CBP’s SBI and Acquisitions Related to Securing our Border (1.1MB PDF) Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector-General, June 12, 2017. The Homeland Security Inspector-General looks at past border wall-building experiences in light of the Trump administration’s proposal to add new fencing. Central America Regional Security Initiative: Background and […]

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Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America

Border Security: Additional Actions Could Strengthen DHS Efforts to Address Subterranean, Aerial, and Maritime Smuggling U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 1, 2017. GAO looks at the Homeland Security Department’s efforts to detect and curb these unorthodox methods of smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border, all of which appear to have declined in frequency since 2011. Central […]

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Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America

(These are from my online Latin America-focused government reports library.) Posture Statement of Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, Commander, United States Southern Command, Before the 115th Congress Senate Armed Services Committee U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, April 6, 2017 The Southern Command’s annual overview of its activities, given in congressional testimony. Southern Command manages all […]

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Last month’s U.S. government reports relevant to Latin America

(These are from my online Latin America-focused government reports library.) Colombia’s Changing Approach to Drug Policy Congressional Research Service, March 10, 2017 An overview of illicit crop eradication, drug interdiction, the recent history of U.S. counter-drug assistance, and changes likely to come with the 2016 peace accord. Southwest Border Migration U.S. Customs and Border Protection, […]

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