Kevin Casas-Zamora was the director of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program. He was previously secretary for political affairs at the Organization of American States and non-resident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Program’s Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution. From 2006 to 2007, Casas-Zamora served as second vice president and minister of national planning under the administration of Dialogue member Óscar Arias. He was also general coordinator of Costa Rica’s award-winning National Human Development Report for the United Nations Development Program.
Casas-Zamora has been a consultant to numerous international and non-profit organizations. He is the author of highly regarded studies on campaign finance, elections, democratic governance, and citizen security in Latin America. His doctoral thesis, “Paying for Democracy in Latin America: Political Finance and State Subsidies for Parties in Costa Rica and Uruguay,” won the 2004 PhD Prize of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and was published in 2005 by the ECPR.
In 2007, Casas-Zamora was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has been a member of the Bretton Woods Committee since 2013.
Casas-Zamora holds a law degree from the University of Costa Rica, a masters in political science from the University of Essex, and a doctorate in political science from the University of Oxford.
Continuar con la tarea de construcción democrática que iniciaron los latinoamericanos durante el siglo pasado es nuestro deber, pero es también nuestra única oportunidad. Con todos sus exasperantes defectos y limitaciones, la opción a la democracia en América Latina es una sola: la oscuridad.
En la segunda vuelta, los ciudadanos se enfrentan a una encrucijada que permitirá ver el futuro de América Latina: elegir a un diputado y cantante evangélico o al candidato del impopular partido en el poder.
Sending back 200,000 Salvadorans to an already strained region flies in the face of the objectives of the Alliance for Prosperity, and is a surefire way to worsen the social ills that lie at the root of the massive exodus to the United States. A chaotic Central America is a story with no winners except criminal syndicates.
Judges, journalists and the public now have the strength to take on high-level corruption. It’s not that corruption is getting worse or better, but that societies are more willing and able to uncover it.