Kevin Casas Zamora

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Kevin Casas-Zamora (born August 4, 1968) is a Costa Rican politician, lawyer and political scientist. Casas-Zamora is Secretary for Political Affairs at the Organization of American States. [1] Prior to that he was Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. [2] He also served as Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy as well as second Vice President of Costa Rica under Oscar Arias from May 8, 2006[3] until September 22, 2007.[4] He earned his JD from the University of Costa Rica, his MA from the University of Essex, and his DPhil from the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis, titled “Paying for Democracy in Latin America: Political Finance and State Funding for Parties in Costa Rica and Uruguay,” won the 2004 Jean Blondel PhD Prize from the European Consortium for Political Research for best thesis in politics in Europe and was later developed into a book, under the title "Paying for Democracy."[5] In 2007 Casas-Zamora was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. [6]