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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi), “Chairman Thompson Requests Investigation Into $400 Million Border Wall Contract” (House Committee on Homeland Security, December 6, 2019). I write seeking a review of the $400 million contract the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded to Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Rafael Romo, “Five Keys to Understanding Latin America’s Turmoil” (CNN, December 4, 2019). It would be overly simplistic to point to a single common denominator or trigger. But there are some keys to understanding how turmoil in one place can feed turmoil elsewhere Argentina Werner Pertot, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Protestas en America Latina: Como los Militares Volvieron al Primer Plano de la Politica en la Region” (BBC Mundo, La Prensa (Nicaragua), December 3, 2019). En las últimas semanas aparecieron, con poca distancia unas de las otras, varias imágenes con una misma escena: distintos presidentes sudamericanos […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) December 2, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Andrei Serbin Pont, “No Es Que los Militares Vuelven, Nunca se Fueron” (CRIES (Argentina), Perfil (Argentina), December 2, 2019). Debemos comprender que los militares no solo no salieron de la escena, sino que se los ha fortalecido y el contexto actual facilita aún más su crecimiento […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, December 2 1:30–3:00 at WOLA: Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis: Could an Oil-for-Food Program Work? (RSVP required). 3:00–4:30 at CSIS: AMLO’s First Year in Office: Challenges and Opportunities (RSVP required). Tuesday, December 3 11:00–1:00 at the International Republican Institute: Colombia’s New Crossroads: How Venezuela’s Crisis Impacts Local Governance (RSVP required). Wednesday, December 4 9:00–11:00 at the […]

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What happens if Mexican cartels go on the terrorist list

It’s a waste of time to write something that concludes, “President Trump hasn’t thought this through.” Of course he hasn’t. But still, let’s think through Trump’s declaration this week that he plans to add Mexican criminal groups (“cartels”) to the U.S. government’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Here’s that list, covering the whole world. There […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 22, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Caitlin Dickson, “Exclusive: Acting Homeland Security Chief Chad Wolf Makes Unannounced Visit to Privately Funded Border Wall” (Yahoo!, November 22, 2019). The stop at the half-mile stretch of crowdfunded steel bollard fencing, which was built without permits this spring on private land in Sunland Park, N.M., […]

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WOLA Podcast: Bolivia’s Post-Evo Meltdown

Here’s a podcast recorded yesterday with Kathryn Ledebur, a longtime Bolivia expert and colleague who directs the Andean Information Network in Cochabamba, Bolivia. We discuss: The election process and the events leading up to Morales’s resignation. The disorder and violence following the election, and missed opportunities to achieve an institutional solution to the crisis. The role of […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 4, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Editorial: Only Now Do We Understand the True Cruelty of Trump’s Family Separation” (The Washington Post, November 4, 2019). Most Americans thought the policy detestable. It was far worse than they imagined Bolivia “Protestas en Bolivia Tras Ultimatum a Evo Morales para Que Renuncie” (EFE, El […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 15, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Catherine E. Shoichet, “Why One Area Along the Us-Mexico Border Saw Drownings Triple and Water Rescues Skyrocket More Than 1000%” (CNN, October 15, 2019). Water-related deaths tripled in the Border Patrol’s Del Rio sector from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2019, according to data CNN […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 25, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Homeland Security Subcommittee Approves fy2020 Appropriations Bill” (U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, September 25, 2019). The FY2020 Homeland Security appropriations bill fully funds the President’s request for the border wall while also providing Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the detention capacity needed […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 23, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Emma Dumain, “Republicans Say Sc Will Recoup Military Funds Taken for Border Wall. They Can’t Be Sure” (McClatchy News Service, September 23, 2019). The mechanisms for getting the money back are far from simple and Trump administration officials don’t get to decide how these funds are […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, September 23 9:00–12:30: Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearings on Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago. 1:00–3:00 at Freedom House: Political Persecution in Venezuela: Photo Exhibition + Panel (RSVP required). Tuesday, September 24 9:00–1:45: Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearings on Canada, Peru, the United States, and region-wide migration. 9:30–11:00 at the Wilson Center: […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 17, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional J. Edward Moreno, “Another Budget Fight Looms This Month in Congress Centering on Border Wall Funding” (The Texas Tribune, September 17, 2019). Democrats opposed the bill because it includes $12.2 billion to build new sections of the wall. Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster the legislation […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 16, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Manny Fernandez, Miriam Jordan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Caitlin Dickerson, “‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis” (The New York Times, September 16, 2019). Overwhelmed by desperate migrants and criticized for mistreating the people in their care, many agents have grown defensive, insular and bitter […]

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