PeaceJam 2017: Public Address by Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias!
Nobel Peace Laureate and former Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias, will deliver a public lecture this week at the UO! Consider attending the talk on March 10 from 7 – 9 pm in 156 Straub Hall!
Elected President of Costa Rica in 1986, Óscar Arias Sánchez sought peace in Central America. With a mandate from the people of Costa Rica he sought to disentangle the region from the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. As armed conflicts were underway in four of five neighboring countries, Arias coordinated a series of meetings with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. Each president eventually agreed to the plan (Esquipulas II Accords), which called for each country to limit the size of their armies, assure freedom of the press, and hold free and open elections. The plan was successful and, with the signing of the accords, fighting in the region came to an end. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for these efforts and served as President of Costa Rica again in 2006-2010.
President Arias studied law and political science at the University of Costa Rica and in 1974 obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Essex. Dr. Arias has received dozens of honorary degrees, including doctorates from Princeton, Harvard, and Washington University.