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September 25, 2012


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Conflict, Security, and Development: Clientelism, Business and Violence in Latin America
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Washington Square

This brown-bag lunch series is a collaboration with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law, the Office for International Programs at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the NYU Master’s Program in Public Health. It examines new research, creative policy approaches, and recent innovations in addressing security and development challenges in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

Please Note Location: NYU Wagner at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor

Clientelism, Business and Violence in Latin America

Eduardo Moncado, assistant professor, dept. of political science at Rutgers University; fellow, Drugs, Security and Democracy Program, Social Science Research Council / Open Society Foundation

Though violence in Latin America poses formidable challenges for both states and civil society, cooperation between the two is not enough to advance reformist policy responses that tackle the socioeconomic and political drivers of violence.  This research project finds that business is a pivotal but often overlooked actor in the politics of citizen security. Evidence collected through extended field research in some of Latin America's most violent cities in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico reveals how the strategic interactions between politicians and business help shape the nature and trajectory of policy responses to urban violence.  The analysis highlights the potential benefits for citizen security that can be derived when public and private interests align, and the dangers for democracy and development when they do not.

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