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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Latin American civil-military relations: links from the past month

Western Hemisphere Regional Rebecca Bill Chavez, “The Return of Latin America’s Military” (The New York Times, August 14, 2018). the administration has an opening this week to demonstrate commitment to our core principles by stating its opposition to the militarization of law enforcement, which represents a challenge to liberal democracy across much of Latin America […]

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(Even more here) August 17, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Chris Rickerd, “Border Officials Are Still Defending Family Separations” (American Civil Liberties Union, August 17, 2018). Yes, CBP considers that it acted “to protect families and children” by separating families who turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents to seek protection in the United States David […]

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(Even more here) August 16, 2018 Brazil Brazil: Murder of Indigenous Leader Highlights Threat to Way of Life, “Brazil: Murder of Indigenous Leader Highlights Threat to Way of Life” (Flávia Milhorance , The Guardian (Uk), August 16, 2018). Members of the tribe say his death was the result of a fierce conflict provoked by the […]

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(Even more here) August 15, 2018 El Salvador Bryan Avelar, “A Former el Salvador President’s Story of How He Stole” (InsightCrime, August 15, 2018). Saca, who was arrested in 2016, had made a deal with the Attorney General’s Office: If he confessed, he would face a lighter sentence Guatemala Stephanie Leutert, “How a Crisis in […]

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(Even more here) August 14, 2018 Argentina Horacio Jaunarena, “Falta Definir el Alcance del Apoyo de las Fuerzas Armadas a las de Seguridad” (Perfil (Argentina), August 14, 2018). La primera cuestión que debe definirse con precisión, ya que el decreto no la aborda, es qué significado y alcance tiene el concepto de “apoyo logístico” provisto […]

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(Even more here) August 13, 2018 Argentina Rut Diamint, “Faltan Mayores Precisiones en la Reforma Militar” (Clarin (Argentina), August 13, 2018). Las nuevas amenazas afectan especialmente algunas vulnerabilidades del Estado, ya sean estas deficiencias en los controles migratorios, la indulgencia ante tráficos ilegales, o la complicidad con actores violentos. Y ellas no se neutralizan con […]

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(Even more here) August 10, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Gina Martinez, “More Than 500 Separated Children Remain in U.S. Custody” (Time, August 10, 2018). The Trump Administration said 386 children had not been reunited because their parents were “outside the U.S.” Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ellen Mitchell, “Mattis to Travel to South America to Meet […]

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(Even more here) August 9, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ron Nixon, “Carla Provost Becomes the First Woman to Lead the Border Patrol” (The New York Times, August 9, 2018). Currently, women in the Border Patrol make up only about 5 percent of the agents, one of the lowest proportions among federal law enforcement agencies Miriam […]

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(Even more here) August 8, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Miroff, “Amid Migrants’ Complaints of Frigid Holding Cells, a Battle for Control of Border Thermostats” (The Washington Post, August 8, 2018). The stories of trembling detainees and harsh conditions prompted U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee, who oversees compliance with Flores, to order the […]

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(Even more here) July 23, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Esther J. Cepeda, “‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy Doesn’t Deter Immigrants Seeking Safety” (The Houston Chronicle, July 23, 2018). It’s no wonder — the violence and lack of economic opportunity in those countries is incomprehensible to those familiar with the kind of grinding, but ultimately survivable, poverty in the […]

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(Even more here) July 20, 2018 Colombia Alex Diamond, “Murder in Colombia’s Peace Laboratory/ Homicidio en el Laboratorio de Paz Colombiano” (NACLA, July 20, 2018). Colombian campesinos in Briceño, Antioquia have voluntarily uprooted their coca plants in exchange for government support to grow new crops. But with much aid delayed, the local economy has collapsed […]

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(Even more here) July 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Nick Valencia, Ray Sanchez, Tal Kopan, “Trump’s Immigration Policies Were Supposed to Make the Border Safer. Experts Say the Opposite Is Happening.” (CNN, July 19, 2018). “Ironically, these policies that claim to be trying to clamp down and secure the border and stop smuggling and stop […]

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(Even more here) July 18, 2018 Colombia Rachel Nuwer, “The Daunting, Dangerous Task of Unearthing Colombia’s Landmines” (Nova Next, PBS, July 18, 2018). Mine detection technologies have progressed very little since they were first developed in the aftermath of World War II and are still almost primarily based on metal detection Stephanie Nolen, “Life After […]

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(Even more here) July 16, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Annie Correal, Dan Barry, Manny Fernandez, Miriam Jordan, “Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention” (The New York Times, July 16, 2018). Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is […]

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(Even more here) July 12, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Tal Kopan, “Trump Administration to Turn Away Far More Asylum Seekers at the Border Under New Guidance” (CNN, July 12, 2018). Under new guidance given Wednesday to the officers who interview asylum seekers at the US’ borders and evaluate refugee applications, claims based on fear of […]

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