Security & Illegality in Cuba's Transition to Democracy:Violence in the Hispanic & Lusophone Worlds
Book Presentation Abstract: As in many non-democratic regimes, widespread illegality coexists alongside relatively good security in Cuba. Economic and political liberalization are highly desirable, and can entail significant benefits for the population. However, the process is not without danger. This book examines Cuba’s present security conditions and forecasts the effects liberalization could have on the people of Cuba.
Biography: Vidal Romero is professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Romero Co-Directs ITAM’s Center for the Study of Security, Intelligence and Governance. He is visiting fellow at the Latin America and Caribbean Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was Tinker visiting professor at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. His current research focuses on the determinants of (democratic) order, and on the conditions under which energy projects may ignite social and political conflict. His academic research has been published on different academic journals, such as, Latin American Research Review, Comparative Political Studies, Trends in Organized Crime, and Political Research Quarterly. Romero has collaborated on different research projects with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, the National Endowment for Democracy, among others.
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