About

CIAPA (Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político y Administrativo) was founded in 1974 to promote academic and public policy research in the social sciences and Latin America. It was conceived as a center for research and intellectual endeavors and as a forum for the study, debate, and analysis of the issues impacting the social, economic, and political development of Latin American countries. In 1975, Tulane University partnered with CIAPA to create an academic “think tank” whose mission then was to contribute to the modernization of the Costa Rican state. In 1991, that mission expanded to embrace all of Central America.

In 2009, Tulane University assumed the coordination of the Center’s research program and the management of its facilities as part of its international programs. CIAPA was conceived as a center for research and intellectual endeavors and as a forum for the study, debate, and analysis of the issues impacting the social, economic, and political development of Latin American countries.

The CIAPA campus occupies two and a half acres (92,000 square feet) in the suburb of Curridabat, about 20 minutes by car from the eastern edge San José, roads east to Cartago and Irazú. Surrounded by green areas in a quiet neighborhood, within sight of old coffee farms, it provides a suitable environment for contemplation and studying. Yet, it is easily accessible and within reach of most metropolitan amenities and major universities such as the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Universidad Autónoma de Centro América.

Tulane at CIAPA can be contacted via email