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Laura Chinchilla

Member in the News: Laura Chinchilla

Laura Chinchilla, former president of Costa Rica, is the recipient of the 2020 Women Political Leaders (WPL) Trailblazer Award. This award is presented to incumbent and former presidents and prime ministers for breaking political glass ceilings and reaching the highest echelon of political leadership.

Laura Chinchilla

Member in the News ˙

A Costa Rican flag waves beside a rainbow pride flag outside the presidential palace in San José.

Costa Rica Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica became the first Central American country, and the sixth one in Latin America, to fully legalize same-sex marriage.

Anastasia Chacón González

Latin America Advisor ˙

Costa Rica’s finance minister, Rodrigo Chaves, recently said the government will sell state assets in order to lower its debt level. // File Photo: Costa Rican Government.

How Serious Have Costa Rica’s Fiscal Problems Become?

Why are ratings agencies taking a dim view of Costa Rica’s finances, and are the government’s plans enough to manage the country’s ballooning deficit?

Eli Feinzaig, Silvia Hernández, María Inés Solís, Ottón Solís, Gabriel Torres

Latin America Advisor ˙

Remittances, Migration and Development in Nicaragua

The current and sustained political instability in Nicaragua paints a worrisome picture. As a result, migration to Costa Rica, and likely to other countries, has grown significantly. 

Manuel Orozco

Articles & Op-Eds ˙

A group of Venezuelan migrants in Cali, Colombia. // Photo: City of Cali.

Do Countries Have Enough Capacity to Handle Migrants?

Millions of people are fleeing the Northern Triangle, Venezuela & Nicaragua. Are neighboring countries able and willing to accept them?

Laura Chinchilla, Manuel Orozco, Tomás Páez Bravo, Ronal Rodríguez

Latin America Advisor ˙

El estado de las políticas públicas docentes en Costa Rica

Este 16 de agosto se lanzó un informe de seguimiento sobre las políticas docentes en Costa Rica. En el evento, se presentaron los principales hallazgos y recomendaciones del informe y debatieron sus conclusiones.

Sarah Stanton

Event Summaries ˙ ˙ Canal 13 Costa Rica

Costa Rica: The state of teacher policies

In the past fifteen years, the Costa Rican education system has enacted important efforts in areas such as curricular reforms, better training and salary increases for in-service teachers, investments in infrastructure, support for vulnerable student populations and increases in teacher accreditation. However, there are actions and linkages remaining to achieve this qualitative jump.

Isabel Román Vega, Valeria Lentini

Reports ˙

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A Conversation with Carlos Alvarado

On June 12, the Inter-American Dialogue was proud to host Carlos Alvarado, sitting president of Costa Rica, to discuss a variety of goals and challenges with Dialogue President, Michael Shifter. President Alvarado discussed his plans to restore faith in the government by tackling environmental issues, promoting inclusive education, and improving the transparency of the government.

Beryl Seiler

Event Summaries ˙

Video

A Conversation with Costa Rica’s Ambassador to the US, Roman Macaya Hayes

On February 6, Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, served as discussant for an event hosted by the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC featuring Costa Rica’s ambassador to the US Roman Macaya Hayes. In the Q&A discussion, Macaya and Shifter covered a wide range of topics, such as Costa Rica’s elections and its regional implications, US-Costa Rican relations, and the challenges of regional integration.

Martín Rodriguez Nuñez

Event Summaries ˙ ˙ World Affairs Council-Washington, DC

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Advancing electric mobility in Latin America

With the fastest growing car fleet in the world, Latin America has reason to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. Costa Rica, with its strong commitment to tackling climate change, is positioning itself to vastly expand EV use in the next five years.

Rebecca O’Connor

Event Summaries ˙

Costa Rica

A compilation of the Dialogue’s reports, articles and presentations on the most important issues shaping Costa Rica’s development.

Articles & Op-Eds ˙

Issues Shaping Central America

A compilation of the most relevant Dialogue’s articles, presentations and reports on Central America: its development challenges and policy options.

Articles & Op-Eds ˙

How Can Latin America Move to Low-Carbon Energy?

Latin America faces some of the toughest obstacles to halting energy emissions, but many countries in the region also have among the best opportunities to reach climate goals.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times