Carlos Basombrio is the consulting director of the Citizen Security Project of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and a political analyst for the Peruvian newspaper Perú 21. He is the former director of the Instituto de Defensa Legal, one of Peru’s premiere human rights organizations. Basombrío previously worked in Peru’s Ministry of the Interior in the roles of Vice Minister of the Interior, Chief of the Cabinet of Advisors of the Ministry, Coordinator of the Commission to Restructure the Police, and Member of the Commission for the Modernization of the Police.
As a consultant and independent investigator for both Peruvian and international organizations, he has written widely on issues of citizen security, democracy, peace and violence, civil-military relations, and police reform. In July 2016, he was appointed Minister of the Interior by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Basombrío holds a B.A. in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.