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PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

Óscar Álvarez Araya is a Costa Rican political scientist, university professor of international relations, diplomat, author and co-author of more than 50 books and publications.

He was the Costa Rican ambassador in Taiwan (1998-2006) and presidential advisor for the Republic (1990-1994). He has been an analyst and international consultant for the UNDP, UPEACE, IIHR, ACDI and KAS among other entities. He has also been an international guest of the governments of the United States of America, Japan, Korea and the Organization of American States.

He has been an international guest speaker in Washington D.C., New York, Atlanta, Warsaw, Moscow, Madrid, Lisbon, Porto, Seoul, Doha, Kenya, Jakarta, Taipei, Manila, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Guatemala City, Panama City, Port of Spain, Asuncion, Santiago and Buenos Aires, among other cities. Starting in 2020 he debuted as an international virtual guest speaker in the “Gandhi in the World” event organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.

ABILITIES & SKILLS

  • Political analyst, writer of articles and books, university professor, international speaker and consultant.
  • Promoter of freedom, democracy, humanism and peace.
  • Scholar of political and economical doctrine comparisons.
  • Bilingual in Spanish as native language and English.
  • Liaison, negotiator, tolerant, facilitator of putting together agreements and consensus.
  • Promoter of alternative peaceful solutions to conflicts.
  • Able to lead teams of different nationalities and cultural, ideological and religious backgrounds.

EDUCATION

  • Doctorate in Political Science, Bircham International University (Graduate with Excellence and Cum Laude, 2001)
  • Master´s degree in International Relations with emphasis in European Studies at the International Relations School of the National University of Costa Rica (1997)
  • Licentiate degree in Political Science, University of Costa Rica (graduate with honors, 1980)
  • Undergraduate degree in Political Science, University of Costa Rica (1978)
  • Educational Television, Radio & Television Spanish Institute, Madrid, Spain (1977)
  • High school diploma (Saint Francis College, 1968)
  • Secondary school studies at Liceo Marista of Guatemala, Guatemala City (1967)
  • Primary school studies, Buenaventura Corrales School (1963)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Guest professor at the University of Miguel Cervantes (U.M.C.) with headquarters in Santiago, Chile (since September 2020)
  • Member of the Academic Council of the International Freedom Foundation that presides over the Mario Vargas Llosa Nobel Prize for Literature (since 2016)
  • Associate of the Central American Academy (since 2015)
  • Member of New Global Voices, an Academic and Civil Society network website of the IMF and World Bank (since April 2014)
  • President of ANFE (National Association for Economic Promotion (2012-2016). He was also director, secretary and vice-president between 2009 and 2011.
  • Analyst for INFOLATAM Madrid, Central American Humanist Debate in Guatemala City and CADAL in Buenos Aires.
  • Member of the Editorial Committee for Al-Kubri Magazine for the Study Center of the Middle East and North Africa, National University of Costa Rica (2013)
  • Founder and member of the Democratic Thought Network of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the University of Miguel Cervantes of Chile.
  • Project Investigator, Quo Vadis Cuba? Of CESLA, University of Warsaw (2012-2013)
  • International guest of the Government of the Republic of Korea (2011)
  • Member on the Consulting Council for the Squipulus Central American Integration Foundation (since 2011)
  • President of Ambassadors for Global Peace (Costa Rica, 2011/2012)
  • Secretary of International Relations or the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC, 2010-2014)
  • Member on the Global Leadership Council for the Global Peace Foundation with headquarters in Washington D.C. (since 2010)
  • President of the World League for Freedom and Democracy, Costa Rican Chapter.
  • President´s Council. Observer of democracy in Venezuela.
  • Member on the Management Committee for the International Relations Master´s Program at the National University of Costa Rica (2010-2011)
  • Executive Director for the Permanent Secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (Nov.2008 – May 2013)
  • Costa Rican Coordinator of the Latin American Network for Worldwide Movement of Democracy (2008)
  • Member of the Buenos Aires Network of Christian Intellectual Democrats of Latin America (ODCA, 2008)
  • Political Strategy Secretary for the Social Christian Unity Party (2007-2009)
  • Academic Representative with tenure before the Representatives Assembly of the National University of Costa Rica (2007-2009)
  • Director and President of the International Relations Magazine of the National University of Costa Rica Magazine.
  • Member of the network of the Ancient Humanist Thinkers of Central America hosted by the Central American Institute of Political Studies (INCEP, 2007)
  • Member of the Coordination Committee for the network of Central American Democratic Political Parties hosted by the Central American Institute of Political Studies (INCEP, 2007)
  • Consultant for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2007)
  • Consultant for the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights – Electoral Advisory and Promotion Center (CAPEL, 2007)
  • Member of the International Network of Tibet (2006-2020)
  • President of the Democratic Union Foundation of the Pacific – Costa Rica (since 2006)
  • Professor of “International Latin American Politics” in the Master´s Diplomacy program of the University of Costa Rica – Foreign Service Institute Manuel Maria de Peralta (2006)
  • Representative for Costa Rica in the Democratic Pacific Union (2005)
  • Vice-Deacon of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in the Republic of China (Taiwan, 2003-2006)
  • Visiting professor at the Postgraduate Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of Tamkang, Taiwan, Republic of China (2000)
  • Two-time President Pro-Tempore of the SICA Group in the Republic of China, Taiwan (1999 & 2002)
  • Managing Director of Foreign Politics ad interim at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica (1998)
  • Founder and Vice-President of Transparency International of Costa Rica (1998)
  • President of the Democratic Civic Integrity Association (1998)
  • Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador for Costa Rica in the Republic of China (Taiwan, 1998-2006)
  • Consultant for the Consensus Project and Strengthening Central American Negotiations with the Canadian Agency for International Development (CAID) and the United Nations University for Peace (1996-1998)
  • Consultant for the Electoral Advisory and Promotion Center of the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (1995-1997)
  • International Guest of the Japanese Government (1991)
  • International Visitor Leadership Program. United States, District of Columbia, 1990.
  • Founding member for the Dr. Rafael Angel Calderon Guardia Museum Foundation.
  • Political advisor to the President of the Republic and advisor to the United Nations Development Program (1990-1994)
  • Director for the International Relations career, Academic College, the Autonomous Central American University (1980-1982)
  • Academic Director for the Social Science Faculty at the National University of Costa Rica (1980-1982)
  • Professor at the School of International Relations at the National University of Costa Rica (March 1979 – March 2019)
  • Professor and researcher at the National University of Costa Rica, the Autonomous Central American University, Latin University, Pontifical John Paul II University, Rafael Landivar University of Guatemala and Tamkang University in the Republic of China.
  • Assistant researcher, School of Political Science, University of Costa Rica (1979).
  • Cultural Program Producer, Ministry of Education, Costa Rica (1975-1979).
  • General Secretary for the National Front for the struggle against ALCOA in 1970.
  • President of the Patriotic movement 11th of April 1970.
  • President of the Student Association of General Studies at the UCR in 1969.

HONORS, AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS, MEDALS AND PRIZES

  • I.M.F. Scholarship to participate in the Spring IMF and World Bank Reunion (April 2014, Washington D.C.)
  • Participant in the launching of the “Central American Alliance” by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (4th to 6th April 2014, San Pedro Sula, Honduras)
  • WORLD PEACE PRIZE 2013 (academic area) granted by the Global Peace Foundation during the Worldwide Convention celebrated in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia (December 7th, 2013)
  • Member of the former scholarship holder community of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica (since 2013)
  • Member of the Costa Rican Association of former scholarship holders and friends of the Republic of Korea (2013)
  • Awarded the Medal of Gold and the Scroll of Special Recognition by the Honduran National Congress for services rendered to the cause of strengthening Latin American democracy (May 15th 2013)
  • Awarded by the Government of the Republic of China with the “Order of the Brilliant Star with Cordon”, June 12th, 2006
  • Plate awarded by the Head of the Diplomatic Mission accredited in the Republic of China, June 14th, 2006
  • Plaque awarded by Dr. Jeffrey L.S. Koo, President of the International Association of China for Economic Cooperation (CIECSA) June 1st, 2006
  • Plaque awarded by the Managing Director of the Bureau of Investigation of the Chinese Ministry of Justice, June 5th, 2006
  • Plaque awarded by Mr. You-Theng Wang, Honorary President of the General Chamber of Commercial of the Republic of China, June 2nd, 2006
  • Plaque awarded by Mr. Danny Chen, President of the Latin American Business Council of the Republic of China, May 26th, 2006
  • Peace Ambassador. Universal Federation for Peace / Inter-Religious and International Federation for World Peace (2005)
  • Paul Harris Fellow 2005-2006. Rotarian Foundation of the International Rotary Club
  • Ibero-American Prize for Educational Excellence 2005, awarded by the Ibero-American Council in honor of Educational Quality (Punta del Este, Uruguay 2005)
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa in Education awarded by the Ibero-American Council in honor of Educational Quality (2005)
  • Costa Rican Delegate to the Assembly of the foundation of the Democratic Union of the Pacific.
  • Honorary International Peace Ambassador. World Federation for Peace and Love, San Jose, California (2004)
  • Honorary member, Taipei Rotary Club (Taiwan, 2003)
  • Magna Cum Laude Prize for his contribution to knowledge and research in the field of Political Science. Bircham International University (2002)
  • Golden Enterprise Prize, General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China (2001)
  • Diploma of Merit, Warsaw University, Poland (1996)
  • Jorge Luis Borges Latin American Short Story Award, Givre Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1978)
  • Youth Short Story Creation Award of the Costa Rican editorial (1978)
  • Youth Short Story Creation Award of the Costa Rican editorial (1976)
  • Medal to the best student of the generation in Social Studies, Saint Francis College (1968)

AUTHOR

Author and co-author of the following books and publications

  • Stories, Herecies and Paradoxes. Printed version. Editores Lara Segura & Asociados, San Jose, Costa Rica (2019)
  • Political and Economic Thinkers. Printed version. Editores Lara Segura & Asociados, San Jose, Costa Rica (2018) Digital versión available on Lulu.com and Casadellibro.com (2017)
  • Tollerance and Freedom. Appears in Ideas in Freedom: Tribute from 80 authors to Mario Vargas Llosa. LID Editorial Empresarial, S.L. Madrid (2016).
  • “Quo Vadis Cuba?” CESLA, Warsaw University, Poland (2014)
  • Conditions and challenges for peaceful globalization. Appears in Challenges to the Validity of Christian Humanism. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V, Montevideo, Uruguay/ Santiago, Chile (2013)
  • About Freedom and Democracy. Editores Lara Segura & Asociados. San José, Costa Rica. (2012).
  • Values, Humanism and Democracy. Editores Lara Segura & Asociados. San José, Costa Rica. (2010).
  • Humanist Manifesto for the Buenos Aires Network (Co-author) ODCA,  Konrad Ademauer Foundation and Rafael Preciado Foundation. Mexico City (2008)
  • The Future of INCEP. Central American Institute for Political Studies (INCEP) and Konrad Ademauer Foundation, Guatemala City (2008)
  • Proposals for an Alternative Model of Integral Human development (co-author). Latin American Studies Center for Development, Integration and Cooperation (CELADIC) Panama City (2008)
  • Consultant. Elections, democracy and human rights in the Americas: Analytical Balance 2006. IIDH-CAPEL, San Jose, Costa Rica (2007)
  • Renewed Humanism. Appears in Central American Humanist Thinking. Central American Institute of Political Studies (INCEP) with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Guatemala City, Guatemala (2007)
  • Renewal of Christian Humanism (co-author) ODCA, Mexico City (2004)
  • The Disintegration of the Soviet Block. Appears in Problems in the European Actuality. Arnoldo Rubio Rios. School of International Relations, National University, Costa Rica (1999)
  • Globalization and Literature. Appears in the Isthmic magazine. Department of publications of the National University, Heredia (1999)
  • Thoughts on the End of the Century. The Free Book Association, Costa Rica (1999)
  • Editor and author of the introduction. Central America: From Conflict to Negotiation and Consensus. UPAZ Editions, University for Peace (1999)
  • Latin America: Balance of the electoral period 1992-1996. Appears in Urns and Political Disenchantment. IHRI – CAPEL, San Jose, Costa Rica (1998)

  • Democratization and Cooperation in Central America. Oscar Alvarez Araya, Juan Carlos Brenes. School of International Relations, National University, Costa Rica (1998)
  • Building Consensus. Appears in The Central American Consensus. Ediciones UPAZ, University for Peace (1998)
  • International Politics: analysis for changing ages. School of International Relations. National University, Costa Rica (1998)
  • Between Electoral Euphoria and Democratic Disenchantment. Editorial Agencia de Cooperación Española, Madrid, Spain (January 1998)
  • National Liberation Party Convention. Appears in Latin American Electoral Bulletin. Inter-American Institute for Human Rights – Advisory and Electoral Promotion Center, XVII, Costa Rica (1997)
  • Pedagogy Manual on Alternative Conflict Resolution (co-author). Ediciones UPAZ, University for Peace (1997)
  • The “Lobby” as an Incidence Strategy, United Nations University for Peace and Housing Promotional Foundation (FUPROVI) San Jose, Costa Rica (1997)
  • The 1998 Elections in Costa Rica. United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica (1997)
  • Building Consensus in Central America. Ediciones UPAZ, University for Peace (1997)
  • Integral Democracy in Central America. Ediciones UPAZ, University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica (1996)
  • The New Stage of Central American Integration. ICAES. San Jose, Costa Rica (1996)
  • Report on the Political Situation of Nicaragua. IHRI-CAPEL. San Jose, Costa Rica (1996)
  • Paths of Prosperity. The Administration of Rafael Angel Calderon Fournier (1990-1994) Ediciones Hari, San Jose, Costa Rica (1995)
  • The Secret Ocean. Editorial Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (1995)
  • The Process and System of Central American Integration. Publicaciones ICAES, San Jose, Costa Rica (1995)
  • Globalization in History. Appears in National Tribune. La Nacion. San Jose, Costa Rica (1993)
  • Armageddon. Appears in the magazine Central American Thinking. Asociacion Libro Libre. San Jose, Costa Rica (1993)
  • Signs about the New World. Appears in the magazine Central American Thinking. Asociacion Libro Libre. San Jose, Costa Rica (1992)
  • Central America in the Decade of the 80´s (Democracy and the Arms Race). Appears in the magazine Academic Act. Autonomous University of Central America. Costa Rica (1991)
  • Violence in Central America. Appears in the magazine Open 13-14. Editorial of the National University (EUNA) Heredia, Costa Rica (1989)
  • Democracy in Central America? Appears in the magazine Route No.267, San Jose, Costa Rica (1989)
  • Writing. Appears in Anthology of Current Costa Rican Narrative: No to bore you with the details. Carlos Cortes, Vernor Muñoz and Rodrigo Soto. Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica. (1989)
  • The Process of Squipulas and the Central American Conflict. Appears in the magazine International Relations 26. School of International Relations. Editorial of the National University (EUNA) Heredia, Costa Rica (1989)
  • Journey to the Hall of Three Mirrors. Appears in the German language in the Anthology of Stories published by Central American authors between 1963 and 1986. Erkundungen. Verlag Volk und Welt. Berlin, East Germany (1988)
  • Soviet and Cuban Politics in Central America. Appears in the magazine International Relations 18. School of International Relations. Editorial of National University (EUNA) Heredia, Costa Rica (1987)
  • The Story to come. Appears in the magazine Andromeda 16. San Jose, Costa Rica (1985)
  • The Temple of the Jaguar. Editorial of Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica (1984)
  • Monasteries of Glass. Editorial of Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica (1983)
  • Return of the Omega Point. Appears in the magazine Andromeda 8-9. San Jose, Costa Rica (1983)
  • Two Renaissance Utopians.. (Tomas Moro and Campanella). Appears in the magazine American Repertoire. National University, Heredia, Costa Rica (1983)
  • NOTES on Society, Politics and Religion in the AZTEC WORLD. American Repertoire. National University, Costa Rica (1982)
  • Impact of Liberal Ideology on an Emerging Nation (1821-1842). American Repertoire. National University, Costa Rica (1982)
  • Upstream.  Decan of the Faculty of Social Sciences, National University, Heredia, Costa Rica (1981)
  • The Possibilities of a Nuclear War. School of International Relations, National University, Heredia, Costa Rica (1981)
  • The Irruption of Political Liberalism in Costa Rica (1821-1842) (Graduation thesis) School of Political Science, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (1980)
  • Enigmas and Sacrileges. Editorial Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (1978)
  • Heresies for Moles. Editorial Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (1977)
  • From the Bonfire and the Twilight. Appears in the magazine TROQUEL, No. 12, Central Bank of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (1977)

  • Revelations about a Trial. Appears in te magazine TROQUEL No. 11, Central Bank of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (1977)
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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