Jimmy Carter served as President of the United States from 1977-1981. He is considered to be one of the leaders in public diplomacy both during and after his presidency. During his term, he was one of the only presidents to use human rights as his basis for shaping US foreign policy. He helped broker peace between Israel and Egypt during the Camp David Accords (1978), created the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT II) Treaty, which eased tensions between the Soviet Union and US during the Cold War, and signed the Panama Canal to Panama.
Former President Carter is also widely renowned for his post-presidency work. He is an active member of Habitat for Humanity. He has written twenty books addressing various issues of foreign policy, and other world issues. After his presidency, he created The Carter Center, a non-partisan organization at Emory University that studies political situations and crises worldwide. President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work in 2002.