Prospects for Democracy in Latin America

Former Vice President of Costa Rica, Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, in Washington D.C. Prior to that he was Secretary for Political Affairs at the Organization of American States and Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. In 2006-2007, he was Second Vice President and Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy of the Republic of Costa Rica. He holds a Law degree from the University of Costa Rica, as well as masters and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the universities of Essex and Oxford, respectively. He has authored several studies on campaign finance, elections, democratization, citizen security and civil military relations in Latin America. His doctoral thesis, entitled "Paying for Democracy in Latin America: Political Finance and State Subsidies for Parties in Costa Rica and Uruguay," won the 2004 Jean Blondel Ph.D. Prize of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and was published in 2005 by the ECPR. Recent publications include: Kevin Casas-Zamora & Daniel Zovatto, "The Cost of Democracy: Essays on Political Finance in the Americas" (UNAM ­International IDEA OAS, forthcoming 2015 [in Spanish]); Kevin Casas-Zamora, ed., "Dangerous Liaisons: Organized Crime and Political Finance in Latin America and Beyond" (Brookings Institution Press, 2013); Kevin Casas-Zamora, "The Besieged Polis: Citizen Insecurity and Democracy in Latin America" (Brookings Institution - OAS, 2013). He was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007. In 2013, he became a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.

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