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.

Latin America

Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 28, 2017 Argentina Uki Goñi, “40 Years Later, the Mothers of Argentina’s ‘Disappeared’ Refuse to Be Silent” (The Guardian (Uk), April 28, 2017). Decades after the military murdered thousands, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo warn that the current era of alternative facts poses a new threat Argentina, Venezuela “Argentina Leader Calls […]

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White House proposes 38.9 percent cut in economic aid to Latin America

On Monday, Foreign Policy reporters Bryant Harris, Robbie Gramer, and Emily Tamkin shared a draft 2018 budget document (PDF) that they somehow obtained from the Trump administration. It’s a printout of a table showing how the White House would cut economic aid to the world in its 2018 budget request for the U.S. Agency for […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 27, 2017 Brazil Anthony Boadle, Brad Brooks, “Brazil’s Senate Passes Bill Prosecutors View as Curbing Graft Probes” (Reuters **, April 27, 2017). Brazilian Senators, two dozen of whom are being investigated for corruption, pushed through a bill on Wednesday that many prosecutors and judges say curbs their ability to carry out […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 26, 2017 Brazil Ueslei Marcelino, Anthony Boadle, “Brazil Indigenous Protest Over Land Rights Turns Violent” (Reuters, April 26, 2017). The demonstration was peaceful until police blocked some of the indigenous people, their bodies painted and wearing colorful headdresses, from climbing a ramp that led into the congressional building Brazil, Paraguay Simon […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 25, 2017 Brazil Gustavo Goulart, Rafael Nascimento, Ana Carolina Torres, “Policia Faz Operacao No Complexo Do Alemao Apos Tres Pms Serem Baleados” (O Globo (Brazil), April 25, 2017). O Batalhão de Operações Especiais (Bope) e o Batalhão de Choque fazem uma operação na manhã desta terça-feira no Complexo do Alemão Brazil, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 24, 2017 Colombia “El Lio de las Caletas de las Farc” (Semana (Colombia), April 24, 2017). El hallazgo de una caleta de armas de las Farc en Putumayo demuestra que estos depósitos clandestinos serán el gran desafío que tendrá la ONU durante la dejación de armas Rodrigo Uprimny, “Dih y Secuestro: […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, April 24 11:30–1:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: Fighting Corruption and Improving Business Climates in Latin America (RSVP required). Tuesday, April 25 1:00–5:30 at the U.S. Institute of Peace: Demining War Zones: Opening Space for Building Peace (RSVP required). Wednesday, April 26 9:00–10:30 at the Washington Post: 2017 World Press Freedom Index (RSVP required). 10:30–12:00 […]

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Five links from the past week

Colombia Olga Patricia Rendon Marulanda, “Asi Es Como la Fuerza Publica Quiere Contar la Memoria del Conflicto” (El Colombiano (Medellin Colombia), April 19, 2017). The best overview I’ve seen of a controversy over victims and memory in Colombia’s conflict. President Juan Manuel Santos recently added Colombia’s Defense Ministry to the governing board of the Center […]

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My Latin America database now resides at “defenseoversight.wola.org”

I’ve owned the domain defenseassistance.org for several years; I use it for side projects related to work. The largest by far is one I started in mid-2015: a “database of everything” related to U.S. defense and security relations with Latin America. This mammoth resource is just about complete. So I just took away the little “this site […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 21, 2017 Brazil Vinicius Cavalcante, “‘O Problema e Quantidade de Armamento Militar Clandestino’” (O Globo (Brazil), April 21, 2017). As armas que abastecem à criminalidade do Rio de Janeiro entram pelas extensas fronteiras secas e fluviais do país e depois são contrabandeadas em veículos para dentro do estado Colombia Juanita Velez, […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 20, 2017 Colombia “Editorial: ¿una Verdad Que No Incomode a Nadie?” (El Espectador (Colombia), April 20, 2017). Estuvimos en un conflicto y, para salir de él, la memoria debe ser lo más sincera y transparente posible. Esperamos que, como ha dicho el Ministerio de Defensa, su presencia en la CNMH no […]

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Links From the Last Month About: Civil-Military Relations in Latin America

Colombia A decree has placed a representative of Colombia’s Defense Ministry on the governing board of the Center for Historical Memory, a body of academics that has produced 92 reports since 2008 about what happened in the country’s conflict. Though a governmental body, the Center has had autonomy in how it chooses and carries out […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 19, 2017 Central America Regional Cristiano Lima, “Sessions: Ms-13 Gang Could Be Labeled a Terrorist Organization” (Politico, April 19, 2017). “I think so, perhaps. I believe it could qualify for that,” Sessions said in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “There are rules that I guess the State Department does […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 18, 2017 Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela Rachelle Krygier, Benjamin Russell, “Meet 5 of Latin America’s Bravest Judges” (Americas Quarterly, April 18, 2017). These regional leaders are part of a historic shift in Latin America toward more accountability and transparency in business, politics and the rule of law Colombia Sibylla Brodzinsky, […]

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Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, April 17 10:00-12:00 at the Wilson Center: "Brazil’s Insertion in the Global Economy in Challenging Times" (RSVP required.) Tuesday, April 18 5:30-7:00 at Georgetown University: "The Deepwater Golden Triangle: The Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and West Africa in the Global Oil Economy with Tyler Priest." Wednesday, April 19 8:15-10:30 at the Inter-American Dialogue: "Chinese […]

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