Adam Isacson leads the Defense Oversight Program for the Washington Office on Latin America
(WOLA). He analyzes U.S. military assistance to Latin America, drug and security policy in the
Americas, and peace processes, with a special focus on U.S. defense cooperation in Colombia
In this conversation, we discussed the emergent security paradigms in the Americas: a wave of
violence against social leaders in Colombia as it struggles to implement a controversial peace
process with demobilized FARC rebels; hostilities between Colombia and Venezuela and the
possibility of inter-state violence; potential for drug and security reforms in Mexico; and U.S.
involvement in the region. This interview was held in November 2018.