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.

Week Ahead

The week ahead

Bizarrely, I’m writing from a hotel room about 20 minutes from my house. My daughter is one of 290 contestants in the National Spelling Bee. As she’s representing the District of Columbia, we’ve come the shortest distance to compete. It’s nice, though, that we’ve been given a hotel room at the site of the event, […]

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The week ahead

The last week before Memorial Day tends to be one of the busiest of the year in Washington, especially in Congress. This week, not only are there six congressional hearings with some relevance for our work, but the White House, probably tomorrow, will be sending Congress its 2018 budget request. We’ll soon have an official […]

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The week ahead

After spending last week at the California-Baja California border, I’ve got several weeks ahead with no travel planned. I look forward to getting a lot of research done, and doing a lot of “policy advocacy.” Later this week, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will be in Washington. We’ll have materials out for the press and […]

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The week ahead: travel and infrequent posting

I’m leaving this afternoon for San Diego and Tijuana, where we’ll be doing research on border security and migration for the rest of the week. We’ve got meetings set up with authorities, experts, journalists, activists, and migrant shelters. A brief report on what we learn will follow. I’ll try to post updates from the road, […]

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The week ahead

I’m giving two talks on Colombia over the next two days: one today at the Brookings Institution, and tomorrow I’m guest-teaching a human rights class at the National Defense University’s Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Those and other meetings or interviews have booked up every one of my mornings this week. My afternoons are freer, […]

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The week ahead

It’s going to be one of those weeks: it’s Monday morning and there’s already nearly 20 hours of meetings and events on the calendar. These include a visit from the ICRC, giving a talk at the Foreign Service Institute, a National Defense University event on Colombia’s military and the post-conflict, and a meeting to nominate […]

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The week ahead

I’m in Washington all week and look forward to doing a lot of writing, research, and meetings in Congress. By the end of this week, I hope to have: Our huge report listing 107 U.S. military and police aid programs completely out the door. This weekend I finished what I think is the last bit […]

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The week ahead

WOLA’s Board of Directors will be meeting in Colombia, and I’ll be accompanying them Wednesday morning through Sunday night. We’ll be in Bogotá and other destinations. I’ll still be here in Washington Monday and Tuesday, preparing for that and clearing things off of my to-do list, especially finalizing our big upcoming defense aid programs publication. It’s a shame […]

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The week ahead

It’s going to be sort of a transitional week. I’ll be here in Washington: Putting the finishing touches on a huge new publication. It’s about the 107 existing U.S. programs and authorities that can aid foreign militaries and police forces, or that involve the U.S. military providing foreign aid. 87 are Defense Department-run, compared to […]

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The Week Ahead

It’s going to be another busy one. Lots of colleagues from all over the region are in town for the Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearings. I look forward to attending the Colombia hearings, plus one on U.S. border security, on Tuesday, and I’ll be at four or five other related get-togethers and conversations with visitors. […]

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The week ahead

It’s going to be another busy one here in Washington. It’s mid-March and everything is in session, from Congress to the universities. And at the end of the week, the OAS Inter-American Human Rights Commission starts its semi-annual sessions, so a lot of colleagues from around the region will be in town. Just look at […]

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