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Amb. Stuart Eizenstat

Date : Jun 12, 2018
Time : 6:00PM To 8:00PM
Place : Hemisphere Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC

WAC-DC Members-only reception 6pm-6:45pm. Program 6:45pm-8:pm


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On June 12, 2018, the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC (WAC-DC) and the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) hosted Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, former chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter and moderator, Ambassador Thomas Pickering. Amb. Eizenstat discussed his new book, President Carter: The White House Years, to an event open to the general public, AAD members, and WAC-DC members located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Ms. Stephanie Fassler, WAC-DC International Affairs Director, began the event by highlighting the significant events that took place during the Carter Administration and posing questions to the audience about the administration’s legacy and impact. She then introduced Amb. Eizenstat and Amb. Thomas Pickering.

Amb. Eizenstat began his remarks by discussing the change and events of the 1970s that were relevant to Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Amb. Eizenstat expressed that his book aims to give a positive re-assessment of the Carter presidency, while not failing to look at the major problems as well. Eizenstat’s book is based on extensive notes and interviews collected during his time as chief White House domestic policy advisor. Amb. Eizenstat highlighted both domestic and foreign accomplishments within the administration and then went into extensive detail on the Iran hostage crisis. Amb. Pickering’s brief remarks examined the detail and analysis that Eizenstat’s book gives on President Carter’s administration. 

Amb. Pickering led a conversation with Amb. Eizenstat on President Carter’s foreign policy achievements through the human rights legacy in Latin America and the long endured negotiations of the Camp David accords. Amb. Eizenstat ended the night by showing the audience the major pressures and difficult decisions that the Presidency constantly faces. Amb. Eizenstat also believes that if there were a new Mount Rushmore, President Jimmy Carter would be placed at the foothills. 

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