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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Video and Audio of “Uncertain Times: What Lies Ahead for Colombia?”

Last week I sat down with my WOLA colleague Gimena Sánchez and with Lisa Haugaard, director of the Latin America Working Group, to talk about the state of Colombia’s peace accord implementation. All three of us had done recent fieldwork there. WOLA has posted the video to YouTube, here and embedded below. If you prefer […]

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Downloadable video and audio of our October 16 conference

Last week, WOLA posted to YouTube the five-plus-hour video of our October 16 conference, “Staying on Course: Security, Coca, Justice, and Accord Implementation in Colombia.” There, you can see the entirety of the outstanding panels in which visiting experts from Colombia talked about transitional justice, coca, and the security situation. Note that it’s in both […]

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9 Questions (and Answers) About the Central American Migrant Caravan

A new resource at WOLA’s website provides quick, fact-filled, documented and cited answers to these questions: Why are people leaving? And why are they leaving now? (Short answer: violence, corruption, climate, domestic violence, and economics.) Can Trump cut aid to Central America? (Short answer: no.) Why are people traveling as a caravan? (Short answer: safety in numbers.) […]

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Big Colombia conference is 9 days away: Tuesday the 16th

I’m really looking forward to having this group here. RSVP here, at WOLA’s website. Staying on Course: Security, Coca, Justice, and Accord Implementation in Colombia Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Root Room, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,  1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC Two years after Colombia signed a historic peace accord with the […]

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The “WOLA firehose” for September 2018

Here’s everything my colleagues and I published last month. “Court Finds Guatemalan Army Committed Genocide, but Acquits Military Intelligence Chief,” by Jo-Marie Burt and Paulo Estrada, September 28, 2018 “Video: Responding to Venezuela’s Exodus,” by Geoff Ramsey and Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, September 26, 2018 “4 Years on, No Accountability for 43 Forcibly Disappeared Students from Ayotzinapa,” […]

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The WOLA Firehose for August 2018

Here’s everything I know of that my colleagues at WOLA and I published this month. Publications A National Shame: The Trump Administration’s Separation and Detention of Migrant Families, by Adam Isacson, Maureen Meyer, and Adeline Hite, August 28, 2018. “Come Back Later”: Challenges for Asylum Seekers Waiting at Ports of Entry, by Adam Isacson, Maureen […]

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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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