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.

Writing

2 articles since Friday

One is in English, but paywalled; one is in Spanish. Both are about Colombia: To Deal With Colombia’s Coca Bonanza, Keep Calm and Honor the FARC Peace Deal, published June 2 at World Politics Review. Despite record coca production in Colombia, the peace accord presents a gigantic opportunity to achieve permanent reductions in the crop—unless Colombia’s ruling elite […]

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Brookings post about coca and peace in Colombia

This just went up on the Brookings Institution’s “Order from Chaos” foreign policy blog. I’ll be talking about “drugs and peace” in post-conflict Colombia at a Brookings panel on Monday morning. Colombia’s peace accords point the way to a solution. But will they be implemented? The “illicit crops” part of the peace accord is more transactional […]

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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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At WOLA’s website: Confronting Colombia’s Coca Boom

Looks like everything I’ve written over the last few days about Colombia’s coca bonanza is coming out today. This new analysis just got posted to wola.org. Here, I find 7 reasons why Colombia’s coca crop has increased so quickly. Suspending aerial herbicide fumigation and not quickly replacing it with anything else. Reducing forced manual eradication and […]

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New piece up at Razón Pública

The Colombian news-analysis website Razón Pública asked me last week whether Colombia’s relationship with the Trump administration will “narcotize” because of huge recent increases in the country’s crop of coca, the plant used to make cocaine. In my submission (in Spanish), I argue that “narcotization”—drugs becoming the number-one central issue in the bilateral relationship—probably won’t happen this […]

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