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Oscar Arias

President of Costa Rica (1986-1990 and 2006-2010)

Oscar Arias was president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010.

In 1987, He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to establish a lasting peace throughout Central America. He used the monetary award from the prize to establish the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in 1988.

He studied law and economics at the University of Costa Rica. In 1974, he received a doctoral degree in political science at the University of Essex, England.

Photo credit: Lawrence Jackson/White House

Articles by Oscar Arias

Imagining a Post-Military World (Part II)

Shouldn't international financial aid be given first to countries that spend more on their people than on their militaries?

August 22, 2012

Imagining a Post-Military World (Part I)

Can the world's governments strike a better balance in what it spends on security and what it spends on the world's neediest people?

August 21, 2012

Central America: All Eyes on the Future

Can Central America overcome its past and work toward peace and prosperity?

August 31, 2005