Resume
 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

Name: Oscar Alvarez Araya

Father of three daughters: Lorena, Marcela, and Gloriana

Postal address: P.O.Box 476-2100, Guadalupe, San José, Costa Rica.

E-mail: oalvarez@oscaralvarez.co.cr

Website: http://www.oscaralvarez.co.cr

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph. D. in Political Science, Bircham International University. (Graduated with Excellence and Magna Cum Laude) (2001) 
  • Doctor Honoris Causa in Education awarded by the Latin American Council in Honor of the Quality of Education (2005)  
  • Graduate in Master’s degree in International Relations with emphasis on European Studies, Costa Rica National University (1997)
  • Licentiate’s degree in Political Sciences, University of Costa Rica. (Graduated with Honors) (1980) 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences, University of Costa Rica. (1978) 
  • Educational Television. Spanish Television and Radio Institute. Madrid, Spain. (1977)
  • Saint Francis Junior & High School. (1968) 
  • Elementary studies, Buenaventura Corrales School. (1963)
  • Languages: Spanish (mother tongue)and English

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Coordinator in Costa Rica of the Latin American Network of the World Movement for Democracy (since 2008)
  • Member of the Buenos Aires Network of Christian Democrat Intellectuals of Latin America. (ODCA) (since 2008)
  • Member of Central America’s Humanist Parliamentarian Forum. (INCEP) Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Academician Proprietary Representative before the Assembly of the Representatives of the National University of Costa Rica. (2007-2009)
  • Director of the International Relations Review of the National University of Costa Rica. (since 2007)
  • Chairman of Costa Rica’s Democratic Pacific Union Foundation. (since 2006)
  • Member of the Venerable Network of humanist thinkers of Central America sponsored by the Central American Institute of Political Studies (INCEP) (2007)
  • Member of the Coordinating Committee of the Network of Central America’s democratic political parties sponsored by the Central American Institute of Political Studies (INCEP)(2007)
  • Consultant of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2007)
  • Consultant of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights – Electoral Consultancy and Promotion Center (CAPEL) (2007)
  • Professor of “Latin America’s International Policies” as part of the Master’s degree program of Diplomacy of the University of Costa Rica at the Manuel María de Peralta Foreign Affairs Institute. (2006)
  • Professor at the Faculty of International Relations of the National University. (2006)  
  •  Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to the Republic of China, Taiwan. (1998-2006)
  • Deputy Dean of the Diplomatic Corps to the Republic of China, Taiwan,  (2003-2006)
  • Representative of Costa Rica at the Democratic Pacific Union (2005)
  • Twice President Pro Tempore of SICA Group in Taiwan, the Republic of China, Taiwan, ( 1999 and 2002 )  
  • Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Tamkang, Taiwan, R.O.C. (2000) 
  • Member of the Board of Directors. Central America Trade Office. Taiwan. (CATO) ( Since 1999 )
  • Acting Foreign Policy Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica (1998).
  • Founder and vice-president of International Transparency of Costa Rica (1998).
  • President of the Democratic Integrity Civic Association. (1998) 
  • Consultant for the Electoral Promotion and Assessment Center of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (1995-1997).
  • Consultant for Central America’s Negotiation Strengthening and Consensus Elaboration of the Canadian Agency for International Development (ACDI) and the University for Peace of the United Nations. (1994-1998). 
  • Consultant for the Culture of Peace and Democracy Program of the University for Peace of the United Nations (1996-1998)
  •  Consultant of the United Nations Program for Development (PNUD) (1990-1994).
  • Director of the International Relations Program, Central America Autonomous University (1983-1987)
  • Academic Director of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the National University, Costa Rica (1980-1982).
  • Professor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica, National University, Central America Autonomous University, Latin University, John Paul II Papal University, Guatemala Rafael Landívar University and University of Tamkang in the Republic of China (since 1979)  
  • Assistant researcher, Faculty of Political Science, University of Costa Rica. (1979) 
  • Producer of Cultural Programs, Ministry of Education, Costa Rica (1975-1979).

HONOURS AND AWARDS

  • “Bright Star with long cord Order” awarded by the Government of the Republic of China – 12 June 2006
  • Plate awarded by the Diplomatic Corps Mission Chiefs accredited to the Republic of China – 14 June 2006
  • Plaque awarded by Dr. Jeffrey L.S. Koo, President of China International Association for Economic Development (CIECA) – 1 June 2006
  • Plaque awarded by the Director General of the Research Bureau of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of China – 5 June 2006
  • Plaque awarded by Mr. You-Theng Wang, Honorary Chairman of the General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China – 2 June 2006
  • Plaque awarded by Mr. Danny Chen, President of the Latin American Business Council of the Republic of China – 26 May 2006
  • Plaque awarded by the Rotary Club of Taipei – 18 May 2006     
  • Ambassador for Peace. Universal Peace Federation / Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace  ( 2005 ) 
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation of the International Rotary Club (2005)
  • Latin American Award for Excellence in Education (Doctor Honoris Causa in Education) awarded by the Latin American Council in Honor of Educational Quality. Punta del Este, Uruguay, (2005)
  • Delegate of Costa Rica before the foundation Assembly of the Pacific Democratic Union – Taipei, Taiwan (2005)
  •  International Honorary Ambassador for Peace. World Peace and Love Federation. San Jose, California ( 2004 )
  • Honorary Member, Taipei Rotary Club (Taiwan, 2003) 
  • Magna Cum Laude Award for outstanding contribution to the knowledge and research in the field of Political Science. Bircham International University. Spain, European Union. (2002) 
  • Golden Business Award, General Chamber of Commerce of Taiwan, R.O.C. (2001) 
  • Merit Diploma, University of Warsaw, Poland. (1996)
  • Latin American Prize of Jorge Luis Borges Short Stories. Givré Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (1978) 
  • Prize for young story-writers from Costa Rica Publications. (1978)
  • Prize for young story-writers from Costa Rica Publications. (1976)

AUTHOR

  • Author and co-author of the following books and publications

Humanist Manifesto of the Buenos Aires Network (Manifiesto Humanista de la Red Buenos Aires). ODCA, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Rafael Preciado Foundation, Mexico City, 2008

INCEP Future (El futuro del INCEP) ( Central American Institute of Political Studies) INCEP and Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Guatemala City, 2008

Proposals for an Alternative Model of Integral Human Development (Propuestas para un Modelo Alternativo de Desarrollo humano integral).  Center of Latin American Studies for Development, Integration and Cooperation (CELADIC), Panama City, 2008  

Elections, democracy and human rights in America (Elecciones, democracia y derechos humanos en las Américas).  Analitical balance 2006. 51 CAPEL Series,  Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and Center for Electoral Consultancy and Promotion.  Sweedish Agency for International Cooperation and USAID. San José, Costa Rica, 2007

Central American Humanist Thinking (Pensamiento Humanista Centroamericano). Reflections on globalization, integration and Christian humanism.  INCEP, Guatemala City, Central America. December 2007, with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Regular author of articles in various publications of Europe, USA and Latin America

Late century thoughts (Pensamientos de fin de siglo).  Editorial Libro Libre.  San José, Costa Rica. (1999).

Central America: from conflict to negotiation and consensus (América Centraldel conflicto a la negociación y el consenso).  Editarama, S.A. (1999).

Current European affairs problems (Problemas de la actualidad europea). National University, Faculty of International Relations. (1999)

Globalization and Literature (Globalización y literatura). Ístmica Publications -  National University Department. Heredia, 1999

Political democratization in Central America (Democratización política en Centroamérica), in Democratization and cooperation in Central America. Study Documents No.6. Faculty of International Relations, UNA, Heredia, Costa Rica, 1998

International Politics: analysis to change our time (La Política Internacional:  análisis para cambiar de época).  National University Publications.  Heredia.  (November, 1998).

POLLS and Political Disenchantment (URNAS y Desencanto Político).  Spanish Cooperation Agency.  (January, 1998).

National Liberation Party Convention – Latin American Electoral Bulletin (Convención del Partido Liberación Nacional. Boletín Electoral Latinoamericano). Inter-American Institute of Human Rights – Electoral Consultancy and Promotion Center. XVII, January-June, Costa Rica,  1997

 Lobby as an incidence strategy (El “Lobby” como estrategia de incidencia.) University for Peace of the United Nations and Housing Promotion Foundation (FUPROVI)
San José, Costa Rica, 1997

The 1998 elections in Costa Rica (Las elecciones de 1998 en Costa Rica). University for Peace of the United Nations. Costa Rica, October, 1997

Pedagogical Manual on Alternative Resolution of Conflicts (Manual Pedagógico sobre Resolución Alternativa de Conflictos).  UPAZ Publications, University for Peace. (1997).

Elaboration of Consensus in Central America (Construcción de Consensos en Centroamérica).  UPAZ Publications, University for Peace.  (1997).

Integral democracy in Central America (Democracia integral en Centroamérica).  UPAZ, Publications, University for Peace. (1996).

The new Central American integration stage (La nueva etapa de la integración centroamericana).  ICAES.  (1996).

Report on the political situation in Nicaragua (Informe sobre la situación política en Nicaragua).  IIDH-CAPEL.  (1996).

The secret ocean (El oceáno secreto).  Costa Rica Publications.  San José, Costa Rica.  (1995).

The process and the system of Central American Integration (El proceso y el Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana).  ICAES Publications.  (1995).

Globalization in History – National Tribune – 25 years (Globalización en la historia. Tribuna Nacional. 25 años) page 15 of La Nación. San José, Costa Rica, 1993

Armaggedon – Central American Thinking (Armagedón. Pensamiento Centroamericano) No. 221. Center for Research, Cultural Activities and Free Book Association.  Managua, Nicaragua and San José, Costa Rica, 1993

Signs about the new World (Signos sobre el nuevo mundo). Central American Thinking  No.215. Center for Research, Cultural Activities and Free Book Association.  Managua, Nicaragua and San José, Costa Rica, 1992

Central America in the 80s (Democracy and arm race) (Centroamérica en la década del 80) (Democracia y armamentismo). Academic Act. Central America Autonomous University. 1991

Violence in Central America (La violencia en Centroamérica). Abra Review No. 13-14. National University. Heredia, Costa Rica, 1990

Democracy in Central America? (Democracia en  Centroamérica?) Rumbo magazine No. 267, San José, Costa Rica, 1989

Esquipulas process and the Central American conflict (El proceso de Esquipulas y el conflicto centroamericano). International Relations 26. National University, Heredia, Costa Rica, 1989

Writing (Escritura) in current Costa Rican Narrative Anthology: Making a long story short (Para no cansarlos con el cuento).  Carlos Cortés, Vernor Muñoz and Rodrigo Soto.  University of Costa Rica Publications.  (1989)

Soviet and Cuban policy in Central American (Política soviética y cubana en Centroamérica).  International Relations 18.  Heredia, Costa Rica, 1987 

Anthology of tales published by Central American authors between 1963 and 1986. (Antología de cuentos publicados por autores de América Central entre 1963 y 1986). Erkundungen.  Verlag Volk und Welt.  1988.  Berlín, West Germany.

The forthcoming tale (El relato que vendrá). Andrómeda Publications 16. San José, Costa Rica, 1985

The jaguar temple (El templo del jaguar).  Costa Rica Publications.  San José, Costa Rica.  (1984).

The snake eating its tail (La serpiente se come la cola).  Andrómeda Publications.  San José, Costa Rica.  (1983).

Glass monasteries (Monasterios de vidrio). Costa Rica Publications.  San José, Costa Rica.  (1983)

Two Renaissance Utopians (Thomas Moore and Campanella) (Dos utopistas del Renacimiento (Tomás Moro y Campanella). American Repertory, National University,  Heredia, Costa Rica, 1983

Impact of the liberal ideology on a rising nation. Costa Rica: 1821-1842. (Impacto de la ideología liberal en una nación emergente. Costa Rica: 1821-1842).  American Repertory, Year VIII, No.2, Heredia, Costa Rica, 1982  

Notes on society, politics and religión in the Aztec World (Notas sobre sociedad, política y religión en el mundo azteca).  American Repertory, Year IX, No.1, Heredia, Costa Rica, 1982

Nuclear war possibilities (Las posibilidades de una guerra nuclear). International Relations, National University, Heredia, Costa Rica, 1981

Contrarian (Contracorriente). Deanship of the Faculty of Social Sciences. National University, Heredia, Costa Rica, 1980

The surge of political liberalism in Costa Rica (1821-1842) (La irrupción del liberalismo político en Costa Rica)  (1821-1842).  (1980).  Graduation Thesis

Enigms and sacrileges (Enigmas y sacrilegios).  Costa Rica Publications.  San José, Costa Rica.  (1978).

Heresies for moles (Herejías para topos).  Costa Rica Publications.  San José, Costa Rica.  (1976)

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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