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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 …

Stories from 100 Elections | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Stories from 100 Elections” at The Carter Center on Dec. 2, 2015, an archived webcast of this Conversations at The Carter Center event can be viewed below.

Over the years, Carter Center staff have watched jubilant voters cast their first ballots; met with dictators who were sure they would be re-elected, but lost; and watched election …

Center Poised for Future Impact | From the CEO

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

Carter Center founders Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been an inspiration for our work for more than three decades. With President Carter’s recent announcement that he is in treatment for melanoma, many of our friends have asked what the plans are for Carter Center programs without …

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.

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 …

A Conversation with the Carters 2015 | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “A Conversation with the Carters” on Sept. 15 at The Carter Center, an archived version of the webcast can be viewed below.

About Conversations at The Carter Center

Conversations brings you up close with Carter Center experts, policy makers, and other special guests to discuss the issues that shape your world. All Conversations are webcast live …

President Carter Champions Women’s Human Rights at TEDWomen 2015

At a recent TEDWomen 2015 conference, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter spoke out against violence directed toward women and named abuse of women and girls as the number one human rights violation in the world.

“I hope you will join me, being a champion for women and girls across the world and protect their human rights,” he said.

Watch his …

Center Fueled by Passionate, Brave Staff in Field | From the CEO

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

Passion and courage abound at The Carter Center. These two valuable resources compel and sustain expatriate staff and hundreds of in-country employees and volunteers who work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope.

In remote or unstable nations, Center workers face challenging conditions each day. …

Election Observation: Then and Now | Q&A with Carter Center Expert David Carroll

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. On the eve of the Center’s 100th election mission, which will take place in Guyana on May 11, he sat down to explain how election observation works and how the field has changed since 1989, when the Center began its election work.

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 …

Combating Violence and Discrimination Against Women and Girls | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Combating Violence Against Women and Girls and Advancing Peace,” watch this archived version of the webcast. On Feb. 10, 2015, three human rights defenders joined President Carter for a discussion on protecting the rights of women and girls, with a special emphasis on women and peacemaking and on the role religious leaders can play in this effort.