Kevin Casas-Zamora

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy,
Brookings Institution

Kevin Casas-Zamora is a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution, in Washington, DC. In 2006-2007, he was Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy, and Second Vice-President of the Republic of Costa Rica.

Dr. Casas-Zamora has worked as international consultant in the field of campaign finance, as well as program officer at the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, and General Coordinator of the United Nations Development Program’s National Human Development Report for Costa Rica.

In 2007, Dr. Casas-Zamora was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has authored several studies on political finance, elections, 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 PhD Prize of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and was published in 2005 by the ECPR.

Dr. Casas-Zamora holds a Law degree from the University of Costa Rica, as well as an MA and a PhD in Political Science from the universities of Essex and Oxford, respectively.