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Senior Fellow and Founding Member of CIAPA Dies

September 21st, 2011

Senior Fellow and Founding Member of CIAPA Dies
By Constantino Urcuyo

Rodolfo Cerdas was a founding member of CIAPA, the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research’s counterpart in Costa Rica. A man of action and reflection, he was equally at ease in political practice and academia.

Founder of a political party and a deputy in the National Assembly, during the 1970s he defended the notion of a Costa Rican development style, based on national strengths and free from the influence of foreign powers.

As a columnist he had a profound influence on Costa Rican public debates through Ojo Crítico, his weekly column in ‘€œLa Nación‘€.

He studied law at the University of Costa Rica and philosophy in the former Soviet Union. He later obtained a doctorate in political sociology from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He was the director of the School of Political Science at the University of Costa Rica, and taught at Oxford and Cambridge, where he held the Simón Bolivar chair for a year.

Cerdas‘€™ work is centered on the analysis of the Costa Rican state, political parties, Central American integration, national identity, and the history of the communist international movement. He published more than a dozen books and hundreds of academic and general press articles.

As a founding member of CIAPA, he made the Center the locus of his academic and research activities for over thirty years.