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Costa Rica’s Oscar Arias: ‘Oliver North and the NRA deserve each other’

Former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias sounds off.

Canadian mine case against Costa Rican ex-president reopened

Arias, president from 1986 to 1990 and again between 2006 and 2010, said on his Facebook page that he would comply with the prosecutors' request.

Is party allegiance dead in Costa Rica? There’s more to it than meets the eye

"It could be that the moment arrives when having a party will be a transgressive act... but I suspect that we cannot assume that Costa Rica’s parties are extinct dinosaurs."

An honest assessment of President Monge: ‘neutrality, but not too much’

With the death of former President Luis Alberto Monge on Nov. 29, it was necessary to take a look back at our historical record...

The triumph of Donald Trump

Former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias foresees a potential test ahead for U.S. democratic institutions.

Political renewal is needed – but it can’t be forced

It's popular to call for "new faces" in politics, but true political renewal more complex than such pleas would suggest.

30 years since secret Contra airstrip discovered in Costa Rica

This month marks the 30th anniversary of “the damned airstrip” in Costa Rica that was being used by the U.S. to ship arms to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Óscar Arias: Why I’m not running again for president of Costa Rica

Nobel Peace Prize winner and two-time Costa Rica President Óscar Arias has decided not to run in 2018 for a third term. Here's why.

Costa Rica’s struggle with fiscal reform highlights its governance problems

Former two-term President Óscar Arias: “In this dysfunctional democracy that we have, it is difficult to achieve what you propose.”

Landmark Arms Trade Treaty spearheaded by Costa Rica’s ex-President Óscar Arias goes into effect

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty goes into effect this Thursday, on Christmas Eve. The treaty, which will stop the unrestricted flow of legal weapon sales to active conflict zones around the world, has its roots in the civil wars that scarred Central America in the 1980s.

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