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.

WOLA

New Report: Lessons from San Diego’s Border Wall

This is just a blurb. The full report is here: HTML / PDF. I set about writing it at the beginning of the month after we returned from our Texas border trip. This was meant to be just a quick memo about the border-wall prototypes that got built outside San Diego, but blossomed into a […]

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What 2017’s Migration Statistics Tell Us About Border Security

Cross-posted from wola.org. 1,045 words (4 min, 21 sec read). Last week, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released new information telling us what happened at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2017. The data came in two reports: new statistics about apprehensions of migrants, and CBP’s annual Border Security Report. This information, plus an annual […]

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WOLA: Migrant Apprehensions Along U.S.-Mexico Border at 46-year Low

This reaction to CBP’s 2017 migration statistics went up on WOLA’s website this afternoon. New Data Shows Migrant Apprehensions Along U.S.-Mexico Border at 46-year Low, Despite Trump Administration’s Demands for “Massive” Security Buildup Washington, DC — Data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on December 5 showed that the past fiscal year saw the lowest […]

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The WOLA firehose: June 2017

My colleagues at WOLA and I put out a lot of really good content last month. Check these out, share them, and if you want to make sure this work continues, please leave us a tip. June 30: Colombia’s Supreme Court Frees Indigenous Leader Feliciano Valencia June 29: Mexico’s Southern Border – Security, Central American Migration, […]

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The WOLA firehose: May 2017

My colleagues at WOLA and I put out a lot of really good content last month. Check these out, share them, and if you want to make sure this work continues, please leave us a tip. 5/1: African American Congressmen Urge Colombia to Act to Protect Afro-Colombian Communities. (Español) 5/2: Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Questions for Luis Gilberto Murillo, Colombia’s Minister […]

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The WOLA firehose: April 2017

My colleagues at WOLA and I put out a lot of really good content this month. Check these out, share them, and if you want to make sure this work continues, please leave us a tip. 4/3: Geoff Ramsey, Latin America Responds to Venezuela’s Deepening Political Crisis. 4/3: Jo-Marie Burt and Paulo Estrada, Ríos Montt […]

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Launched! “Putting the Pieces Together”

I’m delighted to announce that WOLA has just launched “Putting the Pieces Together: A Global Guide to U.S. Security Aid Programs.” This is an epic, sprawling, deep-in-the-weeds attempt to get a handle on all the ways that the U.S. government can work with, give weapons to, train, advise, or otherwise support about 160 countries’ militaries […]

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WOLA Podcast: “Human Rights Trials in Guatemala”

Here’s a conversation with WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt, a professor of political science at George Mason University. Since 2012 Jo-Marie has closely monitored Guatemala’s judicial effort to hold military personnel accountable for crimes against humanity that they committed or ordered during the country’s 1960-1996 civil war. Despite some often severe pushback, prosecutors, investigators, and civil society […]

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What is the “Trump Effect” on Migration? It’s Too Early to Draw Conclusions

WOLA just posted a new commentary that I drafted, which seeks to put into context the shocking recent U.S.-Mexico border migration statistics. February and March saw the fewest migrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since available records began in 1999. The arrival of Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric clearly has something to do with that. But […]

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The WOLA firehose: March 2017

My colleagues at WOLA and I were on a productive tear this past month. Check these out, share them, and if you want to make sure this work continues, please leave us a tip. March 1: “Judge to Determine Whether Military Officers Will Face Trial in the Molina Theissen Case,” by Jo-Marie Burt at International Justice […]

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New report: “Throwing Money at the Wall”

Here’s a 350-word summary of my 3,000-word report on what’s up with Trump’s border wall, which we just posted to WOLA’s website. But you should really ignore this and read the longer one: it’s better and has graphics and links to lots of sources. How much would Trump’s proposed border wall cost? We’ve seen estimates ranging […]

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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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