Carter believed that previous governments had a mistake in allowing Cold War concerns and foreign policy realpolitik to dominate. His government has focused on human rights, democratic values, nuclear proliferation and global poverty.  The Carter administration`s centre of gravity on human rights was part of a broader global focus on human rights in the 1970s as non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch become increasingly important. Carter appointed civil rights activist Patricia M. Derian as human rights and humanitarian affairs coordinator and was appointed assistant secretary of state in August 1977. Derian founded the U.S. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, published annually since 1977.  Latin America has been at the centre of Carter`s new focus on human rights.  The Carter administration ended support for the Somoza regime in Nicaragua, historically supported by the United States, and sent its aid to the new government of the Sandinista National Liberation Front that took power after the fall of Somoza.
Carter also cut military aid to Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Ernesto Geisel of Brazil and Jorge Rafael Videla of Argentina, all of whom he criticized for human rights violations.  In order for us men to be able to engage personally in the inhumanity of war, we first believe that it is necessary to dehumanize our adversaries, which in itself constitutes a violation of the faith of all religions. As soon as we characterize our adversaries outside the framework of God`s mercy and grace, their lives lose all value. We deny personal responsibility when we plant anti-personnel mines, and days or years later, a stranger – often a child – crippled or killed for us. From a distance, we will lay bombs or missiles with almost total impunity and we never want to know the number or identity of the victims. In 1980, Carter was repressed during his re-election. Meanwhile, Bégin refused to dismantle Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – as he had reluctantly done in Sinai – and effectively encouraged their construction, which complicated future relations with the Palestinians. For his part, Sadat was ostracized by much of the Arab world to reach Israel and was assassinated by Islamist militants in 1981. Glimmers of hope, however, emerged when Jimmy Carter took office in 1977. From the first day of his presidency, Carter was very interested in the conflict and spent a great deal of time and political capital getting the Egyptian and Israeli leaders to an agreement that he believed would be mutually beneficial.
Ford and Nixon had tried to agree on a second round of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), which set caps on the number of nuclear weapons owned by both the United States and the Soviet Union.  Carter hoped to prolong these talks by reaching an agreement to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the two countries, rather than merely setting ceilings.  At the same time, he criticized the Soviet Union`s human rights record, not least because he believed that public opinion would not support negotiations with the Soviets if the president seemed too willing to go to meet the Soviets. Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev reached an agreement in June 1979 in the form of SALT II, but Carter`s plummeting popularity and opposition from republicans and neoconservative Democrats complicated ratification.  The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan severely damaged US-Soviet relations and ended any hope of ratification of SALT II. The immutable principles of life address modernity. I love Jesus Christ, whom we Christians consider to be the prince of peace. As a Jew, he taught us to cross religious boundaries, to serve and to love.