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.

U.S. Policy

The past week in U.S. policy toward Latin America

The U.S. government skipped two hearings of the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights about the Trump administration’s migration policies, including the controversial executive orders halting refugee arrivals and travelers from six Islamic nations. The hearings, taking place only 6 blocks from the State Department, went ahead with a row of empty chairs where U.S. […]

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Some trivia about Congress and Latin America

I derived these using “Narrow Down Congress,” a web-app I coded over the holidays. It does one thing: find members of Congress who match more than one category. I invite you to play around with it. The House and Senate Foreign Relations/Affairs Committees have subcommittees for the Western Hemisphere. They have a combined 23 members. […]

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This still takes my breath away

Along with most Washington “policy analyst” types I know, I turn down interview requests from Russia Today (RT), the Putin government news outlet, which has a bureau here. They’ve long since stopped calling. The response is easy: “I’m sorry, I don’t give interviews with state-run media of countries that don’t allow a free press.” (Try […]

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WOLA on the Trump budget proposal

WOLA put out a good statement this morning about the Trump administration’s dumpster fire of a budget proposal. “This budget plan, if enacted, would have disastrous results. By increasing military spending by $54 billion while cutting spending on civilian diplomacy and assistance, the Trump administration is militarizing foreign aid,” said Adam Isacson, WOLA Senior Associate […]

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The past week in U.S. policy toward Latin America

William Brownfield, the assistant secretary of state for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (and one of the only assistant secretaries to survive the Trump transition) was in Colombia March 7 to discuss the bad news about coca cultivation. Interviewed by Colombian media outlets, Brownfield assured them that a resumption of the U.S.-backed aerial herbicide […]

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