The Legacy of the Carter-Mondale Years: Accomplishments, Disappointments, and Lasting Implications


The Legacy of the Carter-Mondale Years: Accomplishments, Disappointments, and Lasting Implications

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Please join us for a presentation and discussion of domestic and international policy during the Carter Administration, and the impact of policy decisions made 30 years ago. Special guest Stuart Eizenstat served as President Carter’s chief domestic policy adviser and executive director of the White House domestic policy staff from 1977 to 1981. He also served during the presidency of Bill Clinton, as deputy treasury secretary, under secretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs, and under secretary of commerce for international trade. From 1993 to 1996, he represented the United States as ambassador to the European Union. Today, Eizenstat is head of the international law practice at the Washington, D.C., office of Covington & Burling. Former Vice President Walter Mondale will provide a welcome and introduce Stuart Eizenstat. Stuart Eizenstat heads Covington & Burling LLP’s international practice. His work at Covington focuses on international business transactions and regulations and on resolving international trade problems. Mr. Eizenstat also has practiced law for twenty years in Atlanta and Washington. He has held a number of key positions during his decade and a half of government service. From 1977 to 1981, he was President Jimmy Carter’s Chief Domestic Policy Adviser and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff. In the Clinton Administration, he was Deputy Treasury Secretary, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs and Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. He was Ambassador to the European Union from 1993 to 1996. He received the highest departmental awards for his service from Secretary of State Christopher, Secretary of State Albright, and Secretary of the Treasury Summers. During the Clinton Administration, he had a prominent role in the development of key international initiatives, including the negotiation of the Transatlantic Agenda with the European Union (establishing the framework for the United States’ relationship with the EU); the development of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue among European and U.S. CEOs; the negotiation of agreements with the European Union regarding the Helms-Burton Act and the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act; the negotiation of the Japan Port Agreement; and the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. He acted as the Administration’s lead official in anti-money laundering initiatives. Mr. Eizenstat also was the Administration’s leader on Holocaust-era issues as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State, and successfully helped negotiate major agreements with the Swiss, Germans, Austrians, and French. The renewal of interest in World War II-era issues owes much to his efforts. He has published a book on these events, "Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor and the Unfinished Business of World War II," which has been favorably received in publications like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, and Publisher's Weekly. It has been translated into German and French. He received a J.D. from Harvard University in 1967. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Newell Edenfield of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Prior to entering law school, he earned an A.B., cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jacobs, Lawrence R.. (2006). The Legacy of the Carter-Mondale Years: Accomplishments, Disappointments, and Lasting Implications. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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