The Carter Center Blog

Homecoming: American Joyful, Relieved to Be Back Home After Long Ordeal

All photos: The Carter Center/D. Hakes

After seven months imprisoned in North Korea, American teacher Aijalon Gomes was reunited with his family this afternoon at Boston Logan Airport. The Carter Center delegation’s plane landed at 2 p.m. today. President Carter embarked last Tuesday on a humanitarian mission to obtain Gomes’ release after he was arrested last January and subsequently sentenced …

Journey to Liberia: Carter Center Staffer Reflects on Country’s Mental Health Needs, New Initiative

After more than a decade of civil conflict, many Liberians suffer from trauma, depression, and other mental health issues. The current demand for services is impossible to meet with only one psychiatrist in the entire country and only a handful of nurses with mental health training. Jane Bigham, assistant program coordinator for the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program, recently traveled to Liberia to help launch a new five-year initiative and to assist the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the development and training of a mental health workforce.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Tours Atlanta Airport Exhibit

During a stopover at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, President and Mrs. Carter viewed, for the first time, the exhibit “Jimmy Carter: Georgia’s Native Son.” The Carters met with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and airport officials and enlightened a growing crowd with personal memories and behind the scenes insights.

Carter Center Experts Publish Article on Obligations for Democratic Elections

A groundbreaking project to identify and foster concensus on common standards for what constitutes a genuinely democratic election is the focus of a recently-published article in Democratization by Carter Center Democracy Program Assistant Director Avery Davis-Roberts and Director David Carroll.  The article’s premise–that use of public international law provides an objective basis by which to assess elections–has also led the …

Public Radio International Highlights Judicial System in Liberia

Public Radio International’s “The World” examines Liberia’s struggle with land disputes, as citizens return home after the war to find others living on land they claim as their own, in a story aired Aug. 3. The story also features the Carter Center’s John Hummel, who explains the country’s need for both a modern legal system and tribal justice system, and …