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) 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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(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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(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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(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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(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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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Highlighting that Colombia event that we’re putting on all day Wednesday. Tuesday, September 17 9:00–12:00 at the OAS (1889 F St.): “Challenges and Opportunities for Electric Mobility in the Americas” (RSVP required). Wednesday, September 18 9:00–10:00 at the Wilson Center: “Argentina in Crisis: A Conversation with Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey” (RSVP required). 9:00–4:00 at the […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) September 6, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Bryan Pietsch, “Pentagon Pulls Funds for Military Schools, Daycare to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall” (Reuters, Reuters, September 6, 2019). The U.S. Military Academy at West Point in Schumer’s state is the most expensive project impacted in the United States with $95 million pulled from construction […]

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(Even more here) September 3, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional “Dhs Abruptly Blocks Committee Staff Visits to Border Detention Facilities After Last Week’s Inspections Revealed Serious Problems” (House Committee on Oversight and Reform, September 3, 2019). It appears that the Administration expects Congress to be satisfied with receiving agency tours of facilities—in some cases without the […]

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The Colombian Army’s Very Bad Year

Here’s an English translation of a column I wrote for the Colombian political analysis website Razón Pública, which it posted today. It voices strong concerns about Colombia’s military, especially its army, which has been showing signs of institutional backsliding all year. The Colombian Army’s Very Bad Year Adam Isacson, Director for Defense Oversight, Washington Office […]

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(Even more here) August 29, 2019 Colombia Santiago Torrado, “El Disidente de las Farc Ivan Marquez Anuncia Que Retoma las Armas en Colombia” (El Pais (Spain), August 29, 2019). El exjefe negociador de la extinta guerrilla, en paradero desconocido desde hace un año, reaparece en un vídeo en el que junto con otros exlíderes anuncia […]

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(Even more here) August 28, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Marie Arana, “Latin Americans Are Souring on Democracy. That’s Not So Surprising Considering the Region’s History” (Time, August 28, 2019). Latin America’s wild race to democracy has failed to overcome the region’s difficult history. The wounds left unattended—inequality, injustice, corruption, violence—are powerful catalysts for discontent Julia […]

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(Even more here) August 27, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Chantal Da Silva, “Trump Administration Has Built Just 13 Percent of Border Wall, With Nearly 400 Miles to Go by End of 2020” (Newsweek, August 27, 2019). While the federal immigration agency appeared pleased with its progress, the 60-mile development represents just over 13 percent of […]

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(Even more here) August 26, 2019 Western Hemisphere Regional Will Parrish, “The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor Are Putting a Native American Reservation Under “Persistent Surveillance”” (The Intercept, August 26, 2019). U.S. Customs and Border Protection will soon construct a 160-foot surveillance tower capable of continuously monitoring every person and vehicle within […]

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