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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Week Ahead

The week ahead

I’m in Washington all week, and have a lighter meeting schedule. That’s good because I’m headed back to San Diego and Tijuana the week of February 11th, and would like to do a lot of writing, research, and congressional visits before then.

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The week ahead

I’m flying to San Diego tomorrow afternoon. I plan to spend a few days there and in Tijuana learning about the current state of the Central American migrant crisis. I’d wanted to go in December, when the city was struggling to accommodate the caravan, but I had two already-planned visits to Colombia and one to […]

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The week ahead

I’m back in Washington after three weeks of travels, and need to hit the ground running. The week before Christmas tends to be slower at work, but this time it also happens to be the last week of the 115th Congress. Unless Congress and the White House make another deal to postpone things, much of […]

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The day/week ahead: December 10, 2018

I’m in Washington, but in meetings all day. Then, I’m traveling the rest of the week. (How to contact me) I’ve got a weekly staff meeting, a strategy session of defense and arms-control groups much of the afternoon, and a conversation with visiting members of the Colombian Senate’s peace committee. After 9:30 or so, I […]

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The day/week ahead: December 4, 2018

I’ll be in Colombia and hard to reach for the rest of the week. (How to contact me) Greetings from Dulles Airport. I’m headed back to Bogotá for the second time in two weeks. This time I’m on a panel at the Universidad del Rosario, who is bringing together a terrific group of security experts […]

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The week ahead: In Bogotá, briefly

I flew down to Bogotá yesterday, arriving quite late last night. I’m here for a closed-door conference on post-conflict “stabilization” hosted by the UN Resident Coordinator’s office. I’m flying back overnight Tuesday, after some meetings with government officials. Of course, I haven’t finished preparing my presentation yet—but I’ve got most of today free, so that […]

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The week ahead

Okay. No visitors in town this week, it’s time to get some stuff done. The plan is to finish full first or final drafts of three different long-form articles about Colombia that I’ve been working on. A report based on our early September field research, a chapter for a colleague’s edited volume (which is very […]

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The week ahead

Eight guests from Colombia are arriving in Washington today. We’re putting on a big conference with them tomorrow, and have some side meetings around town on Wednesday and Thursday. That makes for a full schedule. This site will go semi-dormant this week, because I won’t be sitting at a computer keyboard very often.

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The week ahead

It’s October. It’s remarkable how quickly this year has gone by—but every time I read a newspaper, I wish it would pass even faster. This week should be quieter than last. I’ve got a bunch of meetings on my calendar, but no big events. I plan to spend it preparing our big October 16 Colombia […]

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The Week Ahead

This is going to be one of the busier weeks of the year. I’m speaking on two panels, Monday and Tuesday, about U.S. policy toward Mexico/border and about the origins of Central America’s violence. There’s a Colombia report to finish (or at least nearly finish), based on our field research earlier in the month. There’s […]

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The week ahead

I’m in town all five days, but it’s a bit of a scattered week. Several meetings on the calendar, WOLA’s annual human rights awards on Thursday night, some writing to move forward, and organizing an all-day Colombia conference that we’re planning for October 16th. The writing will mostly be drafting a big report based on […]

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The week ahead

As of Saturday evening, I’m back after nine days of travel to Colombia. On the plane, I managed to finish organizing all my notes from our field research into a 57-page matrix. If all goes well, I’ll spend the next several days turning that into a draft report on post-peace-accord security, organized crime trends, protection […]

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The week ahead

The week before Labor Day is usually a slow one in Washington, but not for me. On Friday I’ll be flying to Colombia, joining two colleagues on a nine-day trip to do some field research (and write a report) and to have a series of meetings in Bogotá. This week will be spent preparing for […]

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The week ahead

It’s late August. Much of Washington is on vacation (not the Senate, but they’re not working on anything relevant to Latin America this week). There are no public events on my calendar, and just a handful of meetings. This will be my last week with a relatively quiet schedule. Three of us are headed to […]

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The week ahead: August 13, 2018

With Congress (mostly) gone, universities out, and a fraction of people on vacation, August is one of the slowest times of the year in Washington, rivaled only by late December. It’s way easier to get a parking space, or a table in a restaurant, than it normally is. At work, it’s a good time to catch […]

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