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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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Forging a New Path in Myanmar | Q&A with Carter Center Expert Jonathan Stonestreet

MYANMAR ELECTION
At a Glance

Polls opened: Nov. 8
Population: 56,320,206
Registered: 33,500,000
Political parties: 90
Parliament seats: 664 (with 166 reserved for military)
Carter Center observers: 62

This election was the 101st observed by The Carter Center.

After more than 50 years of oppressive military rule, the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar is emerging from isolation and taking its …

Syria: In Search of Solutions | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Syria: In Search of Solutions” at The Carter Center on Oct. 13, 2015, an archived version can be viewed below.

Syria’s civil war has been raging for four-plus years, killing over 200,000. Hear what The Carter Center is doing to help Syria, from holding consultations with key players to discussing a possible political transition to operating …

Mental Health in Liberia: Stand Up and Act!

Matthew Nyanplu is a journalist in Monrovia, Liberia, and has worked with local and international nongovernmental organizations on human rights and community-based rehabilitation. In July 2015, he co-facilitated the “Mental Health Disabilities and Human Rights” module for the Carter Center’s Post-Basic Mental Health Training Program in Liberia.

In the last few years, there has been an awakening in the consciousness …

Five Important Facts About Guinea Worm

Donald Hopkins, M.D., is special advisor to the Guinea Worm Eradication Program at The Carter Center and has been leading the effort to eradicate this neglected disease for over 25 years. Listen below as he tells NPR’s Robin Young about the Center’s efforts to rid the world of this ancient and painful affliction.

 

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Breaking the Cycle of Malaria and Lymphatic Filariasis | Q&A with Dr. Stephen Blount

The Carter Center began its work in Haiti and the Dominican Republic after a 2006 recommendation by the Center-sponsored International Task Force for Disease Eradication declared it is “technically feasible, medically desirable, and economically beneficial” to eliminate both malaria and lymphatic filariasis from the shared island of Hispaniola. 

Today, Dr. Stephen Blount, director of Special Health Programs at The Carter …

Peace in Liberia, 10 Years Later | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Peace in Liberia, 10 Years Later” at The Carter Center, an archived version of the webcast can be viewed below.

Moderated by WABE reporter Jim Burress, panelists discuss Liberia’s progress and setbacks toward a sustainable peace after its 14-year civil war, including the impact of the Ebola crisis on recovery. The Carter Center has worked in …