Championing such issues as human development, democracy, and demilitarization, Dr. Arias has traveled the globe spreading a message of peace and applying the lessons garnered from the Central American Peace Process to topics of current global debate. After serving as Professor of Political Science at the University of Costa Rica, Dr. Arias was appointed Costa Rican Minister of Planning and Economic Policy. He won a seat in Congress in 1978 and was elected Secretary-General of the National Liberation Party in 1981. In 1986, Dr. Arias was elected president of Costa Rica. In 1988, he established the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress. Dr. Arias studied Law and Economics at the University of Costa Rica. In 1974, he received a doctoral degree in Political Science at the University of Essex, England.