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Finding the End of a 50-Year Civil War | Q&A with Carter Center Expert Jennie Lincoln

For more than 50 years, Colombia has been plagued by civil war. The fighting has forced more than 5 million people from their homes and claimed the lives of more than 200,000, according to most reports. But finally, after four years of negotiations, peace may be on the horizon. The Carter Center has been working behind the scenes in Colombia …

Local People Know Best | From the CEO

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is the chief executive officer of The Carter Center.

The Carter Center operates under the firm conviction that people are capable of solving their own challenges, and our role is to provide them the tools and training to do it.

“The poorest of all people, who are often scorned or derogated, are just as intelligent …

Words Matter: Talking About Mental Health | Webcast Archive

One simple way we can help people dealing with mental illness is by choosing our words with care. How we speak and write about mental illness can help either reinforce or break down stereotypes. The Carter Center has long worked to reduce stigma by providing fellowships to journalists covering mental health.

Learn more about the fellows’ work and discover ways …

The Power of Information | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “The Power of Information” at The Carter Center on March 15, 2016, an archived webcast of this Conversations at The Carter Center event can be viewed below.

Without information, it is almost impossible to ensure your rights are protected, improve your economic situation, or make your voice heard. The Carter Center is helping empower a group …

Changing the World Through Partnership | From the CEO

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is the chief executive officer of The Carter Center.

During my 18 months at The Carter Center, I’ve been struck repeatedly not only by the frequency of our successes, but also by the chance to appreciate them on two vastly differ­ent scales.

To know we’ve observed 101 elections is one thing. To speak with an …

New Project Examines U.S. Laws on Election Observation

Impartial election observers help build confidence in the integrity of the voting process, and their assessments and recommendations help protect voters’ rights.

Drawing Inspiration in Guatemala

Chris Hale is associate director of the Carter Center’s Global Access to Information Program. Recently he traveled to Guatemala where the Center works to improve gender inequity in the exercise of information laws.

“Information is power” is a refrain most of us have heard before. The work of The Carter Center’s Global Access to Information Program rests not only on …

How to Head Off Trouble in U.S.-China Relations | Q&A with Carter Center Expert Ying Zhu

The world’s two great superpowers could achieve more progress if there were less suspicion and more cooperation between them, participants in a series of bilateral Carter Center forums say.

Since 2012, The Carter Center has organized four U.S.-China Relations Forums co-sponsored by the Center’s China Program and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The most recent session …

President Carter Receives Prestigious Awards from Panama and the LBJ Foundation

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter received back-to-back honors this week in appreciation of his efforts to promote peace and human rights.

On Wednesday, the LBJ Foundation presented him with its LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award; and on Thursday, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Vice President Isabel Saint Malo presented President Carter with the Grand Cross grade of …

Stories from 100 Elections | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Stories from 100 Elections” at The Carter Center on Dec. 2, 2015, an archived webcast of this Conversations at The Carter Center event can be viewed below.

Over the years, Carter Center staff have watched jubilant voters cast their first ballots; met with dictators who were sure they would be re-elected, but lost; and watched election …

Center Poised for Future Impact | From the CEO

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is the chief executive officer of The Carter Center.

Carter Center founders Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been an inspiration for our work for more than three decades. With President Carter’s recent announcement that he is in treatment for melanoma, many of our friends have asked what the plans are for Carter Center programs without …

Video Trip Notes: Jason Carter in Myanmar

The people of Myanmar took a major step in moving their country toward democratic rule, turning out in large numbers to cast their ballots in November 2015 elections.

On election day, The Carter Center deployed more than 50 impartial observers who visited polling stations in every state and region of the country to report on the quality of the elections, …

‘MIND/GAME’ Documentary Details Star Athlete’s Struggle with Mental Illness

Success in sports is said to be 90 percent mental. Even for a physically gifted athlete like Chamique Holdsclaw, that number may be low.

The struggle with mental illness for Holdsclaw, a former basketball superstar at every level, is the subject of the film “MIND/GAME: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw.” Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rick Goldsmith produced and directed the …

Reflections on 100 Elections | Q&A with Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Last May in Guyana, The Carter Center celebrated its 100th election observation mission. In this Q&A, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who led the Center’s first election mission to Panama in 1989 and 38 of the 99 that followed, discusses three decades of elections, remembering ones that made history, ones that put his life in danger, and one that brought tears to his eyes.

Malaria Fight in Hispaniola Requires Tailored Approach

In honor of Malaria Day in the Americas, we asked Carter Center expert and epidemiologist Dr. Gregory Noland to explain how fighting the disease in Hispaniola differs from strategies employed in Africa.

The island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is the only island in the Caribbean that has not yet eliminated malaria. The Carter Center’s Hispaniola …