Waging Peace: Syria
The Camp David Accords of 1978 were a major achievement of the Carter administration, and after leaving the White House, President Carter continued his deep interest in Middle East peace. In November 1983, the first Middle East Consultation was held at The Carter Center, co-chaired by former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.
In March 1987, President Carter traveled throughout the Middle East, meeting with heads of state of the major countries. On the basis of this trip, President Carter hosted in November 1987 an unprecedented Middle East Consultation attended by representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and the Palestinian community as well as officials from the five permanent members of the U. N. Security Council.
The Carter Center and President Carter continue to support a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to promote comprehensive peace in the region, and have made multiple trips to the Middle East to further avenues for peace, including in 1990, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012.
The Carter Center also is closely monitoring the catastrophic situation in Syria, maintaining contact with all sides to encourage a political solution to the appalling violence, including grave breaches of international humanitarian law. To better inform peace-building efforts, the Center initiated the Syria Conflict Mapping Project, which analyzes the unprecedented volume of citizen-generated information about the conflict.