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.

Illicit Crop Eradication

New coca estimate may come tomorrow: looks high, but lower than I expected

Tomorrow, the Wall Street Journal reports, the White House will release its estimate of how much coca was planted in Colombia in 2016. 695 square miles is 180,000 hectares. This would be the highest U.S. measurement of Colombian coca cultivation ever. On the other hand, it would represent the smallest increase in Colombian coca-growing in three years. 180,000 […]

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New piece up at Razón Pública

The Colombian news-analysis website Razón Pública asked me last week whether Colombia’s relationship with the Trump administration will “narcotize” because of huge recent increases in the country’s crop of coca, the plant used to make cocaine. In my submission (in Spanish), I argue that “narcotization”—drugs becoming the number-one central issue in the bilateral relationship—probably won’t happen this […]

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