United States Former President of the United States
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Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States. He has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2000.
Significant foreign policy accomplishments of Carter’s administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of US diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. On the domestic side, his administration’s achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
After leaving office, Carter founded the Carter Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to the resolution of conflict, the promotion of democracy, and the protection of human rights. The Carter Center has engaged in conflict mediation in Ethiopia and Eritrea, North Korea, Liberia, Haiti, Bosnia, Sudan, the Great Lakes region of Africa, Uganda, Venezuela, Nepal, Ecuador, Colombia, and throughout the Middle East. It has also sponsored ninety-six election-observation missions to the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
For his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, advance democracy and human rights, and promote economic and social development, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Carter the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
Carter began his political career in 1963 as a member of the Georgia State Senate. He was elected governor of Georgia in 1971 and served one term in office before running for president.
Carter is an emeritus member of the Dialogue.