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Weekly adamisacson.com - Issue #8

There's less content to share this week. I've done a lot of writing, mainly about Colombia, but I'm n
Weekly adamisacson.com - Issue #8
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There’s less content to share this week. I’ve done a lot of writing, mainly about Colombia, but I’m not ready to share it yet. Plus, we’ve got a big group of Colombian colleagues arriving Monday night, they’ll be with us for three days, including this conference on Tuesday the 16th:

If you're in Washington, do join us for at least some of the day. If not, we'll post video by next week at the latest.
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
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Introductory Remarks
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Panel: Colombia’s Transitional Justice System
  • Julieta Lemaitre Ripoll, president, Chamber for Recognition of Truth, Responsibility, and Determination of Acts and Conducts, Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Patricia Tobón, commissioner, Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition, Bogotá, Colombia
  • María Camila Moreno, director, International Center for Transitional Justice, Bogotá, Colombia
  • ModeratorGimena Sanchez-Garzoli, director, Colombia Program, Washington Office on Latin America
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panel: Coca, Eradication, Substitution
  • Pedro Arenas, coordinator, Observatory of Crops and Cultivators Declared Illicit, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Ariel Ávila, deputy director, Peace and Reconciliation Foundation, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Invited Speaker from coca growers’ organization, via Skype, Colombia
  • ModeratorAdam Isacson, director, Defense Oversight Program, Washington Office on Latin America
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Panel: Security Dynamics, Peace Accord Implementation, and the ELN
  • Claudia López, former Senator and vice-presidential candidate now spokesperson, Anti-Corruption Consultation; program manager, Peace and Reconciliation Foundation, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Danilo Rueda, human rights defender, Inter-Ecclesiastical Committee for Justice and Peace, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Kyle Johnson, senior analyst for Colombia, International Crisis Group, Bogotá, Colombia
  • ModeratorMariano Aguirre Ernst, peacebuilding senior advisor, Office of the Resident Coordinator, United Nations, Bogotá, Colombia
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
I saw 7 other relevant events going on in town this week.
Latin America-related events in Washington this week
Another eventful, often alarming, week for Colombia's peace effort.
  • Chief Prosecutor’s Raid on Transitional Justice System
  • Missing FARC Leaders Send Harsh Letter
  • US Ambassador Pushes Santrich Extradition
  • New UN Report
  • FIP Rept Finds Deteriorating Security
The past week in Colombia’s peace process
Five links from the past week
Brazil
Bolsonaro’s ideology is best understood as Operation Condor plus the Internet
Guatemala
Documentos en poder de Plaza Pública demuestran que hubo una orden de patrullar los alrededores de la comisión y las embajadas de Estados Unidos y México, así como las sedes de la Corte de Constitucionalidad, el Ministerio Público y la Corte Suprema de Justicia
Residents said they see daily advertisements by the smugglers, or coyotes, promising to get them to the United States. On at least one community radio station in Quetzaltenango, smugglers regularly offer to transport and help finance northbound travels
Mexico
To make good on his campaign promises, his team should pursue justice in killings by state personnel, reform the civilian police and give robust mandates to truth commissions with victim participation
U.S.-Mexico Border
Some 200 million people — nearly two-thirds of all Americans — live within the “border zone,” which is defined by the Justice Department as the area up to 100 air miles from any U.S. land or coastal boundary
The New Brazil
Last week, one candidate from Bolsonaro’s party, Rodrigo Amorim, shocked and disgusted even some far-right supporters. Wearing a t-shirt with a pistol pointed forward, he took, destroyed, and then on social media proudly displayed an unofficial street sign made to commemorate the life of Marielle Franco, the black, LGBT human rights activist from the favelas who, as a leftist City Councilwoman, was assassinated in March, with her police-linked killers still apprehended. …The last line of his social media post – now deleted – read: “Get ready left-wingers: your days are numbered if we’re in charge.”
Last night, Amorim not only was elected to the State House in Rio, but was the most-voted candidate in the state. The other Bolsonaro-aligned candidate promoted there, Daniel Silveira, an officer with Brazil’s military police, was elected to the Federal Congress.
I searched my news database for articles tagged "civil-military relations" over the past 4 weeks. I was shocked by how many results came out. This topic is heating up.
Civil-military relations in Latin America: links from the past month
Music I was listening to this week
“Once In My Life” by The Decemberists (2018).
“Once In My Life” by The Decemberists (2018).
“Blink Blank” by Guided By Voices (2018).
“Blink Blank” by Guided By Voices (2018).
“Jewels Drossed in the Runoff” by Wild Pink (2018). Saw them play here in DC on Tuesday night.
“Jewels Drossed in the Runoff” by Wild Pink (2018). Saw them play here in DC on Tuesday night.
“Young and Angry Again” by Lori McKenna (2018).
“Young and Angry Again” by Lori McKenna (2018).
“Queens of the Breakers” by The Barr Brothers (2018).
“Queens of the Breakers” by The Barr Brothers (2018).
Some news links from the week:
Some articles I found interesting this morning
Some articles I found interesting this morning
Some articles I found interesting this morning
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