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LUIS BITENCOURT is Director of the Brazil project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Professor at Georgetown University. He worked for 28 years as a civil servant, occupying several top-level positions in the Brazilian government. He has also worked for the United Nations as an Electoral Officer/Regional Coordinator in East Timor, as a member of the Team of Electoral Experts in Tajikistan, and as a rapporteur for the UN Commission on Intervention and Sovereignty. Dr. Bitencourt has written extensively about Brazil, hemispheric relations, and international security. A former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Catholic University in Brasilia, Dr. Bitencourt has lectured widely at institutions such as the National Defense University, UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva, Universidad Autónoma de México, and the Universidade de Sao Paulo, among others. His publications include O Poder Legislativo e os Serviços Secretos no Brasil: 1964/1990 (1992); “Brazil’s Growing Urban Insecurity: A Threat to Brazilian Democracy?” (2003); “The Importance of the Amazon Basin in Brazil’s Evolving Security Agenda,” in Joseph S. Tulchin and Heather A. Golding, eds., Environment and Security in the Amazon Basin (2002); “Globalization Impact in the Hemisphere’s Security,” in Richard Kugler and Ellen Frost, eds., The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (2001); and “Army Modernization: A Silent Revolution,” in Jane’s Defense Weekly (June 21, 2000). He holds a Ph.D. in political science.
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Authored by Ambassador Pedro Villagra Delgado, Dr. Luiz Bitencourt, Major General Henry Medina Uribe.
There is a lack of a common view regarding precisely "What is a threat?" and "What is security?" which is the heart of the stability problem in Latin America. These authors acknowledge that the traditional definition of security and threat is no longer completely valid.