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Op-eds/Speeches Archive: 2001 - 2005

Oct. 14, 2005
Food for Thought: Wall Street Journal Op-ed
This op-ed was published in the Oct. 14, 2005, edition of the Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition).

Sept. 13, 2005
Washington Post Op-ed: Arctic Folly
This op-ed was originally published in the Sept. 15, 2005, edition of The Washington Post.

Sept. 8, 2005
USA TODAY Op-ed: Longstanding Disaster Threats Can't Be Ignored
This op-ed was published in the Sept. 8, 2005, edition of USA TODAY.

May 2, 2005
Miami Herald Op-ed: Friends of Democratic Charter Urge Early Intervention, Disclosure of Violations
This op-ed was published in the May 2, 2005, edition of The Miami Herald. More than a dozen presidents in the hemisphere in the past 20 years have failed to complete their term. While some have been removed under allegations of corruption or other wrongdoing, others have been forced to resign in the face of social turmoil and a constituency impatient with the rules of democracy and unmet demands.

March 28, 2005
Washington Post Op-ed by Jimmy Carter: Saving Nonproliferation
Op-Ed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, The Washington Post.

March 11, 2005
The Vulnerabilities of Democracy
Thank you for inviting me to speak at this important seminar on a theme that is central to the health of democracy in our hemisphere. I will discuss the theme of the Democratic Charter and offer some suggestions at the end of my commentary, but first I will identify four sources of democratic vulnerability and four responses from governments in the hemisphere.

March 2, 2005
Equitable Globalization?
The theme of this year's symposium is the Global Economy: Economic Freedom or Corporate Colonialism. As we all know, there is an ongoing process in our world today called globalization, and there is a great debate about its merits and demerits. Some believe the process to be inherently evil where rich oligarchs exploit the world's poor. Others see market-led globalization as a threat to American jobs.

Jan. 30, 2005
LA Times Election Op-ed: Only Citizens Can Ensure Democracy
Los Angeles Times op-ed by David Carroll, acting director, and David Pottie, senior program associate, of the Carter Center's Democracy Program.

Jan. 25, 2005
President Carter Delivers Keynote Speech to OAS Lecture Series of the Americas
The following keynote speech was delivered by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Jan. 25, 2005, as part of the inaugural Lecture Series of the Americas at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 18, 2004
Remarks of Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the Dedication of the Clinton Presidential Library
A transcript of remarks made by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the dedication ceremony for the Clinton Presidential Library, held Nov. 18, 2004, in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 12, 2004
Op-ed: Casting a Vote for Peace
The New York Times, Nov. 12, 2004.

Oct. 13, 2004
Jimmy Carter Urges Supreme Court to Halt Juvenile Executions
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Roper vs. Simmons, a case about whether the execution of children constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution.

Sept. 27, 2004
Washington Post Op-ed: Still Seeking a Fair Florida Vote
After the debacle in Florida four years ago, former president Gerald Ford and I were asked to lead a blue-ribbon commission to recommend changes in the American electoral process. After months of concerted effort by a dedicated and bipartisan group of experts, we presented unanimous recommendations to the president and Congress. The government responded with the Help America Vote Act of October 2002. Unfortunately, however, many of the act's key provisions have not been implemented because of inadequate funding or political disputes.

Sept. 2, 2004
Venezuela Elections: Jennifer McCoy Gives Insider's Account to The Economist
Opponents of President Hugo Chávez have claimed that fraud thwarted their recent attempt to remove him from office in a recall referendum. Venezuela's election agency declared that Mr Chávez won the referendum by 59% to 41%. How can we assess these competing claims?

Aug. 23, 2004
Op-ed: Election Monitors Work to Build Nations' Trust
One of the primary goals of modern society is to enhance a worldwide commitment to democracy. With so many national differences concerning preferred electoral processes, it helps to have a general definition of a democratic government. The dictionary says it is "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections."

July 27, 2004
President Jimmy Carter Addresses Democratic National Convention
Full text: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Mass., July 26, 2004.

July 15, 2004
Jimmy Carter: Surprisingly Fair Elections in Indonesia
In the United States, especially in Washington and in media reports, there is an obsession with violence and terrorism and a pervasive sense of confrontation between Christians and Muslims. This stereotyping extends to governance, with the generalized belief that Muslim societies are averse to truly democratic governance.

June 28, 2004
Eulogy for Mattie Stepanek
The eulogy for Mattie Stepanek, delivered June 28, 2004 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

May 29, 2004
Washington Post Op-ed: Mental Health System Needs a Lifeline
Washington Post Op-ed, May 29, 2004.

May 19, 2004
Remarks of President Carter at the World Health Assembly
This speech was delivered to the 57th World Health Assembly on May 19, 2004, in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHA, the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization, is meeting May 17-22 at the Palais des Nations.

May 14, 2004
Op-ed: The Seeds Of a Rights Scandal In Iraq
To ensure that additional human rights embarrassments will not befall the United States, we must examine well-known, high-level and broad-based U.S. policies that have lowered our nation's commitment to basic human rights.

April 7, 2004
Op-ed: Former First Lady Encourages Elimination of Florida's Juvenile Death Penalty
The Miami Herald.

April 1, 2004
Don't Deny World's Abused the Justice of U.S. Courts
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, guest column by Ashley Barr, senior program associate for human rights at The Carter Center.

Feb. 16, 2004
USA Today Op-ed: Inequitable Resources, Benefits Put World at Risk
The most serious and universal problem facing the world today is the growing chasm between the richest and poorest people on earth. Yet our political candidates and current leaders are failing to address this as both a moral concern and a national security priority. The war on terror cannot be won unless we devote more effort to equitably sharing resources and meeting social and economic needs worldwide.

Dec. 18, 2003
Speech to the Joint Session of Congress of Bolivia by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (English and Spanish)
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Members of the Senate, members of the House, distinguished guests. Thank you, Senator Vaca Díez, for the wonderful introduction and for inviting me to speak to this year's final session of Bolivia's Congress. I am pleased to visit your country, to meet with your people, and to enjoy your nation's amazing beauty and hospitality.

Dec. 1, 2003
Geneva Initiative Public Commitment Event: Remarks by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
I want to express my gratitude and admiration to Yossi Beilin, Yasser Abed Rabbo, their fellow negotiators, and to Alexis Keller and Swiss officials for making this ceremony possible. Finding peace for Israelis and justice for the Palestinians has been a personal interest of mine for more than a quarter of a century, and I would like to make a few observations: 1.This Geneva initiative offers the crucial and unavoidable elements of a permanent peace in the Holy Land. There will be inevitable modifications to this agreement if and when official and sincere peace talks are ever conducted, but the basic premises must remain intact. The alternative is sustained and permanent violence.

Nov. 11, 2003
Human Rights Defenders Conference: Opening Remarks by President Carter (PDF)
We are delighted to have this assembly here. It is a great honor for The Carter Center, and I want to welcome all of you. We have the largest committee on human rights represented here.

Nov. 10, 2003
An Encyclopaedia Britannica Q&A With President Carter: Global Challenges to the United States in a New Millennium
In an exclusive Britannica interview, Jimmy Carter — statesman, former president, and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate — discusses the difficulties of maintaining peace in a single-superpower world and the role of The Carter Center in guaranteeing human rights for all peoples.

Nov. 3, 2003
Op-ed: Middle East Accord Offers 'Best' Chance for Peace
Although it has received little attention in the U.S. media, a detailed, soon-to-be-released Middle East accord struck by a group of influential Israelis and Palestinians paves the way to the region's best, and perhaps last, chance for peace.

Oct. 1, 2003
A Tale of Two Worlds (PDF)
The foreward to IMPACT: From the Frontlines of Global Health (National Geographic Books), written by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Sept. 30, 2003
Global Development Initiative and Human Rights: A Speech by GDI Director Ed Cain
This luncheon address was delivered on Sept. 30, 2003, by Edmund Cain, director of the Carter Center's Global Development Initiative, during the International Policy Dialogue held in Cologne, Germany.

Sept. 23, 2003
Washington Post Op-ed: The Choice For Israelis
The Washington Post.

Sept. 17, 2003
Camp David Accords: Jimmy Carter Reflects 25 Years Later
I remember the earliest stages of my involvement in the Middle East. I took a trip over there with Jody Powell and Rosalynn in 1972 when I was governor, and we had a chance to travel around Israel and to try to understand the problems there. We spent about half the time looking at biblical places and half the time learning about what was going on between Israel and her neighbors after the wars that had attacked the existence of that nation.

Sept. 9, 2003
President Carter Delivers Speech to Beijing (Peking) University
President Carter's address to Beijing University (also known as Peking University), Sept. 9, 2003.

Sept. 5, 2003
Sixth U Thant Distinguished Lecture, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
It is an honor for me to participate in this distinguished forum, which recognizes the notable accomplishments of the third secretary-general of the United Nations, who suggested the establishment of this special university to explore the role of the United Nations in addressing global problems.

Sept. 2, 2003
President Carter: U.S.-North Korea War Seems 'Strong Possibility'

July 13, 2003
There's Hope in Liberia's History: An Op-ed by Jimmy Carter
The New York Times.

July 11, 2003
The Next Green Revolution: The New York Times Op-Ed
The key to economic development in Africa is agriculture. As President Bush concludes his trip to the continent, and Americans ponder ways to help it emerge from decades of poverty and turmoil, we would do well to remember that crucial point. Fortunately, we have the economic and technological means to bring about an agricultural revolution.

April 23, 2003
Op-ed: Former First Lady Calls for End Of Juvenile Executions in Nevada
Las Vegas Sun.

April 8, 2003
President Carter's Remarks to Georgia State Legislature
Lieutenant Governor Taylor, Speaker Terry Coleman, whom I consider almost as one of my sons…..It's a great honor for me to come back to this distinguished chamber. This state and this legislature mean a lot to me.

March 13, 2003
Op-ed: Former First Lady Calls for End Of Juvenile Executions in Arkansas
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

March 9, 2003
Just War - or a Just War? Op-Ed by Jimmy Carter
The New York Times.

Feb. 11, 2003
Op-ed: Former First Lady Calls for End Of Juvenile Executions in Kentucky
Kentucky Herald Leader.

Jan. 14, 2003
North Korea: Jan. 14 Washington Post Op-ed by President Carter
The Washington Post.

Dec. 10, 2002
2002 Nobel Peace Lecture: The Complete Text
The complete text of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, delivered Dec. 10, 2002 in Oslo, Norway.

Oct. 27, 2002
Engaging North Korea
New York Times.

Sept. 5, 2002
The Troubling New Face of America: An Op-Ed by President Carter
Published in The Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2002; The International Herald Tribune, Sept. 6, 2002; The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sept. 12, 2002.

July 1, 2002
Mideast Needs New Mediator
USA Today.

May 24, 2002
Openings to Cuba: We Must Find a Common Ground
The Washington Post.

May 14, 2002
Remarks by Jimmy Carter at the University of Havana, Cuba
The United States and Cuba: A Vision for the 21st Century I appreciate President Castro's invitation for us to visit Cuba, and have been delighted with the hospitality we have received since arriving here. It is a great honor to address the Cuban people. After a long and agonizing struggle, Cuba achieved its independence a century ago, and a complex relationship soon developed between our two countries.

May 14, 2002
Declaraciones de Jimmy Carter en la Universidad de la Habana, Cuba
Los Estados Unidos y Cuba: Una Visión Para El Siglo 21 Aprecio debidamente la invitación extendida por el Sr. Presidente Castro para que yo visite Cuba, y estoy encantado con la hospitalidad que hemos recibido desde nuestra llegada. Es un gran honor tener la oportunidad de dirigirme al pueblo cubano.

May 13, 2002
We Can Feed the World. Here's How
This op-ed was published in the May 13, 2002, edition of the Wall Street Journal.
Thirty-two years ago, I was chosen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, representing the thousands of researchers who created the higher crop yields of the Green Revolution. The extra food created saved perhaps a billion people from starving in the 1960s.

May 6, 2002
The Inaugural Oksenberg Lecture: The United States and China: A President's Perspective (PDF)
Edited transcript of a speech delivered by Jimmy Carter at Stanford University.
The Oksenberg Lectures honor the legacy of Professor Michel Oksenberg (1938-2001), Senior Fellow at the Asia/Pacific Research Center, Professor of Political Science, and a foremost authority on China.

April 21, 2002
America Can Persuade Israel to Make a Just Peace
The New York Times.

April 18, 2002
Chavez's Second Chance
The New York Times.

Dec. 23, 2001
Precedents for Mideast Peace
The New York Times.

Dec. 5, 2001
Remarks of Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Good afternoon, and welcome to the National Press Club. My name is Richard Ryan, and I am senior Washington correspondent for the Detroit News and president of the National Press Club. I'd like to welcome Club members and their guests in the audience today and those of you who are watching on C-SPAN or listening to this program on National Public Radio.

Oct. 9, 2001
Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for Alaska Coalition of Georgia
I've stood in front of the migrating Porcupine Caribou herd. I have been on a peninsula in the Beaufort Sea within 100 yards of musk oxen circled facing outwards when they heard Rosalynn and me hiding behind some tundra. I have had some wonderful experiences in Alaska, as have many who live there.

Sept. 3, 2001
President Carter's Speech at the International Symposium on Villager Self-government and the Development of Rural Society in China
Thank you Vice-Minister Li Xueju and Minister Duoji Cairang who was nice enough to be our host when we first visited Tibet a number of years ago. I'm delighted to be with him again as a very old friend.

Aug. 23, 2001
Op-ed: Helping Poor Nations Lifts All Boats
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

May 17, 2001
Misinformation and Scare Tactics
The Washington Post.

April 22, 2001
Peru Can Give U.S. Lessons in How to Hold Elections
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

March 24, 2001
A Flawed Timber Market
The New York Times.


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