Oscar Arias

Oscar Arias twice was the President of Costa Rica: from 1986 to 1990, and from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his role in negotiating an agreement among five Central American countries aimed at ending more than a decade of war in the region. Arias was interviewed by Professors William Ascher, Lars Schoultz, and Peter Smith on April 12, 1991. In this interview they discuss Arias’ decision to go into politics, his relationship with the United States, and Costa Rica’s role in Central America. The interview was transcribed and annotated by Abbie Mann-Wood.

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