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Center Works to Understand and Counter the Rise of Islamophobia

Hate crimes in the U.S. against Muslims or people who look as if they may be Muslim are at an all-time high. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, from 2015 to 2016 the number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S. grew 197 percent and anti-Muslim hate crimes surged 67 percent. From January to July 2017, there were 63 …

Pathways to Peace: The Sixth Principle

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

The Carter Center’s motto is “Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope.” In these times, the task for peacemakers is urgent.

In this series of posts, I have been sharing some of the approaches to waging peace that that The Carter Center and its founder, former President Jimmy Carter, have …

Pathways to Peace: The Fifth Principle

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

The task for peacemakers today is urgent.

In a series of posts on this blog, I share some of the approaches to waging peace that that The Carter Center and its founder, former President Jimmy Carter, have developed or learned over many years.

Principle No. 5: You have …

Pathways to Peace: The Fourth Principle

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

In these times, the task for peacemakers is urgent.

In a series of posts on this blog, I share some of the approaches to waging peace that that The Carter Center and its founder, former President Jimmy Carter, have developed or learned over many years.

Principle No. 4: …

Native American Voters Face Unique Obstacles

Until 1924’s Indian Citizenship Act, American Indians did not have the legal right to vote.

Even after that, states found ways to make voting difficult for Native Americans. New Mexico didn’t remove its legal restrictions on native voters until 1962, according to Virginia Davis, senior policy advisor at the National Congress of American Indians. Native Americans were effectively the last …

Pathways to Peace: Patience and Persistence Pay Off

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

The Carter Center’s motto is “Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope.” In today’s world, the task for peacemakers is urgent.

In a series of posts on this blog, I share some of the approaches to waging peace that that The Carter Center and its founder, former President Jimmy Carter, …

Center Initiative Studies How Daesh Exploits Children

The Carter Center’s Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism initiative has issued a paper that analyzes how the Islamic extremist group targets children in its recruitment materials and uses them in its operations.

“Children are a vital propaganda tool in Daesh’s recruitment phenomenon,” the paper states. They appear in videos to illustrate a range of Daesh narratives.

But children aren’t …

Waging Peace in Turbulent Times | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Waging Peace in Turbulent Times” on April 13, 2017, an archived webcast of this event can be viewed below.

Hear from two of The Carter Center’s Peace Program directors, Hrair Balian of the Conflict Resolution Program and Jennie Lincoln of the Latin American and Caribbean Program, as they discuss the efforts the Center is undertaking to …

Pathways to Peace: The Second Principle

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

In today’s world, the task for peacemakers is urgent.

The Carter Center’s motto is “Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope.” A promise to wage peace acknowledges that true peace is more than just the absence of conflict. Peacebuilders know that conflicts will recur if underlying causes are not addressed.…

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …