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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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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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

Ex-presidents and peace process opponents Álvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana had either a conversation or a brief contact with Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Good Friday. They were guests of one of the resort’s members, and the Miami Herald reports that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) may have helped arrange the meeting, or encounter, […]

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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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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 17, 2017 Brazil Samantha Pearson, “Police Robots Take on Brazil Drug Wars” (The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2017). Rio’s bomb squad is one of the most technologically advanced in South America. In the cramped storeroom of its base in northern Rio, a state-of-the-art robot takes pride of place Colombia “Acuerdos […]

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Five links from the past week

Western Hemisphere Regional David Nakamura, “Trump Administration Moving Quickly to Build Up Nationwide Deportation Force” (The Washington Post, April 13, 2017). The Post scores a copy of an internal Department of Homeland Security memo promising several alarming border security and anti-immigration measures. Colombia “La Encrucijada de los Cultivos de Uso Ilicito en Colombia” (Verdad Abierta […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) April 14, 2017 Brazil Brian Winter, “3 Winners and Losers From Brazil’s Latest Corruption Revelations” (Americas Quarterly, April 14, 2017). Brazil has been waiting for Lula’s supposedly imminent imprisonment for more than a year now, to no avail. It seems increasingly possible that The Bearded One will at least make the runoff […]

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