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) November 6, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional James Stavridis, “Why It Would Be a Major Military Mistake to Deploy Troops to Confront the Migrant Caravan” (Time, November 6, 2018). We should control our border. But sending the military won’t help that cause Phil Stewart, “Pentagon Balked at U.S. Border Troops Building Detention Facilities […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) November 5, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Paul Sonne, “Trump’s Border Deployments Could Cost $200 Million by Year-End” (The Washington Post, November 5, 2018). The total price of President Trump’s military deployment to the border, including the cost of National Guard forces that have been there since April, could climb well above $200?million […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 19, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ryan Devereaux, “New Documents Bolster Case That Border Patrol Retaliated Against Humanitarian Group” (The Intercept, October 19, 2018). From the beginning, this timeline of events — the release of the No More Deaths report followed by the arrest of one of its longtime volunteers — has […]

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Corruption in Latin America: links from the past month

Argentina “Former Argentine President Acquitted of Arms Smuggling” (Associated Press, The New York Times, October 4, 2018). “The same judicial branch that processed the case for 22 years without a firm sentence, now declares Menem innocent because too much time has passed” Colombia Jim Mustian, Joshua Goodman, “Dea’s Colombia Post Roiled by Misconduct Probes” (Associated […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 15, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Ron Nixon, “U.S. Border Agency Says Hundreds of Employees Have Been Arrested Over 2 Years” (The New York Times, October 15, 2018). More than 500 employees of the United States’ primary border security agency were charged with drug trafficking, accepting bribes and a range of other […]

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Five links from the past week

Brazil Vincent Bevins, “Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s Would-Be Dictator” (The New York Review of Books, October 12, 2018). Bolsonaro’s ideology is best understood as Operation Condor plus the Internet Guatemala Alberto Pradilla, “El Gobierno Mintio: Hubo Orden Directa para Que los J–8 Patrullaran la Cicig y las Embajadas de ee.uu. Y Mexico” (Plaza Publica (Guatemala), October […]

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Civil-military relations in Latin America: links from the past month

Brazil “Brazil’s Authoritarian Without an Army” (The Economist (Uk), October 11, 2018). Soldiers are not itching for power. More likely, they would restrain Jair Bolsonaro David Noriega, “Brazilian Politics Is Backsliding Toward Militarism, and the Presidential Election Could Make It Worse” (VICE, October 5, 2018). Though Brazil has always had ultra-nationalist hardliners, what makes this […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 12, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Erica Werner, Josh Dawsey, “Republicans Promise Post-Midterm Fight to Fund Trump’s Border Wall” (The Washington Post, October 12, 2018). GOP leaders now face the possibility of emerging empty-handed from the fight they postponed. They don’t have enough votes in the Senate to push through a big […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 11, 2018 supuesta “campaña de falsedades” que “adelanta Colombia” y Estados Unidos Western Hemisphere Regional Adolfo Flores, “The Us Is Set to Deport Witnesses Who Dispute the Border Patrol’s Version of a Fatal Shooting” (BuzzFeed, October 11, 2018). The migrant men have told authorities there was no attack on the agent […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 9, 2018 Brazil Brian Winter, “What to Expect From Jair Bolsonaro” (Americas Quarterly, October 9, 2018). Bolsonaro will have extraordinary power to act as he chooses, at least at first. After the crisis of recent years, many Brazilians see democracy as a synonym for chaos, corruption and leniency with criminals Glenn […]

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Five links from the past week

Western Hemisphere Regional Caitlin Dickerson, “Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City” (The New York Times, October 1, 2018). Originally opened in June for 30 days with a capacity of 400, it expanded in September to be able to house 3,800, and is now expected to remain open at least […]

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Arms transfers in Latin America: Links from the past month

Western Hemisphere Regional Aaron Mehta, “State Official Predicts Us Weapon Sales Increase in 2019” (DefenseNews, September 12, 2018). The U.S. has signed $46.9 billion in weapons sales to foreign partners and allies, smashing past the $41.9 billion figure from all of fiscal 2017 Argentina “Former Argentine President Acquitted of Arms Smuggling” (Associated Press, The New […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 5, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Angela Kocherga, “Record Surge of Families Crossing Border” (The Albuquerque Journal, October 5, 2018). “If I had space for 1,000 per week, (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would release 1,000. We’re over capacity,” said Ruben Garcia, director of Annunciation House Brazil David Noriega, “Brazilian Politics Is […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 4, 2018 Argentina “Former Argentine President Acquitted of Arms Smuggling” (Associated Press, The New York Times, October 4, 2018). “The same judicial branch that processed the case for 22 years without a firm sentence, now declares Menem innocent because too much time has passed” Brazil Brian Winter, “Meet the New Brazil. […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) October 3, 2018 Western Hemisphere Regional Noah Lanard, “A New Government Report Shows Just How Badly Trump Botched His Family Separation Agenda” (Mother Jones, October 3, 2018). DHS claimed on June 23 that it had “a central database” that HHS and DHS could use to keep track of separated family members. The […]

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