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Pathways to Peace: The First Principle

Jordan Ryan is vice president, peace programs, at The Carter Center.

In this time of extreme polarization, when violence seems to be the “new normal,” we face a threat of escalating conflict at home and abroad. The task for peacemakers is urgent.

There are so many issues that impact global safety and security. Some we are only beginning to understand: …

Ethiopia Trachoma Control Program Far Exceeds 2016 Surgical Goal

One of the horrible hallmarks of advanced trachoma is a painful inward turning of the eyelids. This condition, called trachomatous trichiasis, causes the sufferer’s eyelashes to scrape the surface of the eye, often leading to blindness. Among other interventions, The Carter Center trains and equips local health-care workers to perform a simple outpatient surgical procedure that reverses the condition.

Clinicians Attend to Young Minds in Liberia

Liberia’s 2014-2015 Ebola crisis, following a 14-year civil war, left devastated families in its wake. Thousands of children and adolescents were orphaned, confined in isolation units, or stranded at home watching loved ones suffer and die, triggering a special set of post-traumatic mental health challenges.

In response, The Carter Center in 2016 launched a second phase of its successful mental …

MacArthur’s Cecilia Conrad Discusses the Carter Center’s 100&Change Proposal

Cecilia Conrad, managing director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, discusses the Carter Center’s 100&Change proposal, which aims to eliminate river blindness in Nigeria.

100&Change is a unique competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that addresses a critical problem of our time in any field or any location.

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We Accomplish Much by Working Together

After leaving the White House, Rosalynn and I searched our hearts for ways to use our unique position to help those less fortunate around the world. We knew that two issues were of paramount importance: advancing peace and preventing human suffering.

So, in 1982 we took a leap of faith and founded The Carter Center. Waging peace, fighting disease, and …

New VP Gets Close-up Look at Work in the Field

I’m the new guy around here.

Although I’ve visited and worked in many places during my medical career – including multiple overseas deployments with the U.S. Army – my first trip abroad with The Carter Center was a new highlight.

I had the privilege of joining a delegation that visited Nigeria in the fall of 2016, five months after I …

Watch President Carter Behind the Scenes of ‘Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease’ Exhibition

In this exclusive interview, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter ventures behind-the-scenes of “Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease,” an exhibition created in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, open at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum through Oct. 9.

The exhibition highlights the challenges of eradicating neglected tropical diseases, and President Carter notes that he would “put an …

Despite Plebiscite Defeat, Democracy Lives On

As an intern in the Latin America and Caribbean Program, I had the opportunity to be part of Colombia’s domestic election observation to witness Colombians voting abroad on Oct. 2 in a plebiscite to approve the peace accord between the government and the Marxist rebel group FARC.  Our assignment was to observe the vote at the consulate in Atlanta.

Carter …

China Teen Hand Delivers Donation

One afternoon last summer, a 14-year-old boy from China turned up at The Carter Center bearing a check for $451.

Leo Hu and his schoolmates in Xi-an raised the money by charging admission to a play they wrote about Syrian refugees, and he flew all the way to across the Pacific to deliver it in person.

“Mr. Jimmy Carter has …

Nigeria Teen Receives Ceremonial Dose of Praziquantel

Thirteen-year-old Jude Musa looked serious, even stoic, as a volunteer from his village gauged his height with a measuring stick. Community drug distributor Yusuf Maikeffi determined the proper dose of praziquantel and handed the tablets to the boy, who popped them into his mouth and chased them with fresh water from a plastic pouch.

With that small exchange in Gidan …

From the CEO | Center Hits 500 Million Milestone

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

Big institutional milestones are the result of small individual efforts.

As I write this, The Carter Center is closing in on the distribution of its 500 millionth dose of drugs to combat neglected tropical diseases. That’s half a billion doses of medication given to tens of …

Hunting Parasites in the Dark

Parasites keep strange schedules. Those that cause lymphatic filariasis, for example, are mostly active at night. To detect parasites in the blood, health workers will take a nocturnal sample, sometimes as late as 2 a.m.

This explains why a colleague and I were knocking at nearly midnight on the battered door of Esther’s cinderblock home in a small batey in …

Notes From the Field | Guatemala Eliminates River Blindness

Dr. Frank Richards leads the Carter Center’s efforts to eliminate river blindness (also known as onchocerciasis), a parasitic disease transmitted by the bites of infected black flies.

My career has come full circle. I was working in Guatemala for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1988 on the parasitic worm disease called river blindness. Then, Guatemala was …

Observing U.S. Elections | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Observing U.S. Elections” on Oct. 13, 2016, an archived webcast of this event can be viewed below.

While The Carter Center does not monitor U.S. elections, it recently conducted a state-by-state research project to determine just how possible it is to observe U.S. elections. Can nonpartisan U.S. or international groups observe elections? What groups will be …

Observing U.S. Elections | Q&A with Democracy Program Experts David Carroll & Avery Davis-Roberts

David Carroll, director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program, has been in the field for about 40 of the Center’s election observation missions and helped manage another 30 or so from headquarters in Atlanta.

Avery Davis-Roberts is an associate director in the Democracy Program and the head of the Center’s U.S. elections project.

In advance of the U.S. presidential election …