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.


This is no time for jokes? This is no time for solemnity.

From the 9th anniversary post of the great Venezuelan satire website El Chigüire Bipolar (The Bipolar Capybara): No way is this a normal democracy. It stopped being one a long time ago. But whether we were in that ideal scenario, or in this reality that the Galactic Commander and his obese heir have tried to impose […]

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“What Now in Venezuela?”

Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Organization of American States deepens the country’s political crisis still further. Meanwhile, at least three people died today in mounting protests against the country’s definitive turn toward authoritarianism. It’s really hard to predict where this is headed. I found useful, though, a column published Monday by Luis Vicente León, a widely […]

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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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