Jimmy Carter Case Study

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Jimmy Carter was a poor president. Even hardcore Democrats after four years of his rule had had enough of him and cast their votes for conservative Ronald Reagan. His overblown Social Security expenses brought the federal budget on the brink of collapse. Inflation had reached one of its highest levels ever; gas prices jumped with scaring regularity. Carter's foreign policy was a weird mixture of Nixon's real politik and McGovern's naive idealism. Constant brawls between Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski blocked any attempts to restore confidence in American diplomacy at home and abroad. Although Carter managed to force Egypt and Israel to sign a peace treaty in the last year of his presidency, the Middle East still remained a highly fragile region. Criticized for his indecisiveness while president, citizen Carter reinvented himself as a vigorous human rights fighter. Soon after leaving the White House, he established the Carter Center which played a major role in many humanitarian actions, such as numerous missions to Latin America and Africa. Carter traveled to Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Empire and to South Africa to support Nelson Mandela in his presidential campaign in 1994. The culmination of Carter's human rights crusade was the 2002…show more content…
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