Adam Isacson

Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy
Areas of Expertise: 
Regional and Military Security Policy, Arms Transfers, Civil-Military Relations, Colombia, International Drug Policy, Mexico, Peace Processes, U.S. Assistance

Adam Isacson joined the Washington Office on Latin America in 2010 after 14 years working on Latin American and Caribbean security issues with the Center for International Policy. At WOLA, his Regional Security Policy program monitors security trends and U.S. military cooperation with the Western Hemisphere.

Since the late 1990s, Mr. Isacson focused especially on Colombia, the principal destination of U.S. aid in the region. His study of U.S. policy and accompaniment of Colombia’s peace processes has brought him to Colombia about seventy times, including twenty of the country’s thirty-two departments.

Isacson has published and co-written dozens of reports and articles, testified before Congress several times, and led several congressional delegations. He holds an MA in International Relations from Yale University. Before WOLA and CIP, he worked for the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in San José, Costa Rica. 

Isacson is known for commentary shared online daily through regular contributions to Security Assistance Monitor, WOLA’s, WOLA’s Border Fact Check, and other blogs. Among Latin America analysts, he has been a leader in cutting-edge use of technology for transparency, instant analysis, and advocacy purposes.

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  • M.A. Yale University, International Relations
  • B.A. Hampshire College, Social Science
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