LACC Working Paper: "Democratic Defecits and Hemispheric Security" by Joseph S. Tulchin, P

This LACC commissioned working paper Dr. Joseph Tulchin makes the case that the growing consensus on political, economic and social issues among the nations of the Latin American region has not had the result thus far of increasing the sense of community in the hemisphere as much for factors internal to many of the countries of the region – what Dr. Tulchin calls democratic deficits – as for reasons of objective differences in security policy among the nations that would or might form the community. In this argument, the three principal security challenges facing the nations of Latin America and their armed forces are the necessary prologue to any serious effort to establish the basis for regional security collaboration. Until these preliminary challenges are met, hemispheric security cooperation will continue to be superficial or ephemeral, or to some degree imposed on the group by the will of the most powerful member. Read More...

Joseph Tulchin is known for his work on hemispheric security and international affairs, citizen security and police reform, reducing inequality and the governance of cities. He spent 25 years teaching, first at Yale University and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Tulchin is currently a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he directed a program of public policy research on Latin America for 16 years. He serves on the advisory board of Social Enterprise Associates, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Dr. Tulchin has published more than 60 books and 100 refereed articles or book chapters, through policy bulletins and reports.

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