Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora, former Vice-President of Costa Rica and current Secretary for Political Affairs of the Organization of American States, visited the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies to present a talk on his latest book, The Besieged Polis: Citizen Insecurity and Democracy in Latin America. In his latest project, Dr. Casas-Zamora focuses on the threat citizen insecurity poses to emerging Latin American democracies. Defining insecurity as the lack of free exercise of and limitation of fundamental rights, he traces the correlation between citizen insecurity and the threat it poses to democratic governments while offering possible solutions. With the ravages of the drug war in Mexico and Central America, his talk was especially apt in outlining how violence can weaken democratic institutions.
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