Lecture focuses on U.S. president Carter

Apr 14, 2003,
By Carol Thorbes

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Against the backdrop of a war initiated by the current U.S. government, the performance of a bygone president will be analysed at a lecture on April 17.

Simon Fraser University political scientist Alexander Moens, an expert on U.S. foreign policy and presidential politics, will deliver the last lecture in this year's Nobel prize lecture series.

Moens will discuss Jimmy Carter's two greatest accomplishments in the name of peace during his presidential term of office, 1977 to 1981. Moens attributes Carter's receipt of the 2002 Nobel prize for peace to the former president's "charitable work on a community by community basis in developing nations through the Carter centre. The prize is also a belated recognition of Carter's crucial role in leading Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachim Begin to the Camp David peace accords."

Moens' lecture will also examine the pitfalls of Carter's presidency, which have become more evident since North Korea's assertion of its right to retain nuclear power.

Notes Moens, "North Korea's admission in October 2002 that it has been enriching uranium since 1998 casts a bad shadow on the 1994 framework agreement that Carter helped initiate."

Moens authored Foreign Policy Under Carter, a book about Carter's presidency and is working on a book about the current U.S. president, George W. Bush.

He says, "Carter does not instinctively understand the use of power and, as such, was not a successful president. But when freed from political constraints, he created the most active international development group organized by an ex-president." Check Harbour Centre for information and call 604-291-5100 to reserve a seat.

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