The Carter Center Blog

Mozambique Elections Could Mark Turning Point

Dr. John Stremlau is vice president for peace programs at The Carter Center.

Last week, I was in Mozambique to observe the country’s fifth national election since the end of a bitter civil war that raged for 15 years following the country’s independence from Portugal in 1975.

The election was mostly peaceful and far more competitive, transparent, and inclusive than …

President Carter Discusses How Technology Helps Wage Peace, Fight Disease

Watch former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s video message from the Social Good Summit in New York City on Sept. 21, 2014. Following the president’s remarks, the conference held a panel discussion on global health and technology. Speakers included Dr. Donald Hopkins, vice president of health programs at The Carter Center, and Dr. Mark Siddall, curator and principal investigator at the American Museum of Natural History.

A Look Back and Forward

John Hardman, M.D., will step down as president and CEO of The Carter Center in September, following two decades of service.

In September, I will step down as president and CEO of The Carter Center after more than 20 tremendously fulfilling years. I have been awed, inspired, and challenged by the way founders Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have used their …

Memories from a Carter Weekend

Jay Beck is retiring after 18 years as coordinator of Carter Center Weekend. He will continue to work at the Center in other capacities.

This year, we moved our annual Carter Weekend fundraiser from February to late June where we gathered amid the majestic mountains of Vail, Colorado, for a weekend of shared laughs and adventures, culminating in an auction …

See Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy Demonstration at The Carter Center

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will provide remarks at an exhibit of Chinese paintings to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-China relations on Thursday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Center’s Cecil B. Day Chapel.  The exhibit is co-sponsored by The Carter Center and the Chinese Artists Association, which is China’s premier art …

Panama Elections Full of Contradictions and Tensions

Panama’s elections were full of contradictions and tensions. Defying the polls, the winning candidate, Juan Carlos Varela, was the sitting vice president estranged from the president and running in opposition. With the possibility of the governing party continuing in office for the first time since the ouster of Manuel Noriega in 1990, fears of a growing concentration of power contributed to Panamanians rejecting the party that had led the highest economic growth rates in the hemisphere and a president with over 60 percent approval ratings.

Justice in Urban Liberia

The Carter Center’s community justice advisors (CJAs) are bringing free legal services – and awareness of how the law should work – to urban slums in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.

In the slideshow below, we follow advisor Stephanie Sayeh as she visits client Massa Sherriff in Peace Island Township, home to many who were forced to flee during Liberia’s long civil …

President Carter Discusses Women’s Rights on ‘The Colbert Report’

Former President Jimmy Carter appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on March 25 to discuss his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”

“A Call to Action” urges the end of discrimination and abuse against women, calling it the number one challenge in the world today. The book builds on the work of faith leaders …

Join President Carter’s Call to Action

The suffering of women and girls can be alleviated when individuals take forceful actions, which can impact larger society, asserts President Carter in his new book “A Call to Action.” Political and religious leaders share a special responsibility, but the fact is that all of us can act within our own spheres of influence to meet these challenges.

In “A …

Technology Aids Center’s Work

The Carter Center is pioneering the use of today’s newest technologies in our efforts to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the most isolated and inaccessible places on earth. As a result, we are helping people improve their lives more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before.

Our work to eradicate and control diseases is a good example. In …