Despite David Accords which ended the state of war

Despite having trouble at home with enacting a large
positive influence, issues abroad were another matter. In 1977, Carter was able to broker two U.S. treaties with Panama; the following year, which
slowly transferred power of the canal out of U.S. hands and back into Panama.

He then presided over a tough round of meetings between Egypt’s President Anwar
el-Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David (Smith, 1986)1.

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They were able to reach an agreement titled the Camp David Accords which ended
the state of war between the two nations which had endured since Israel was
established in 1948, through acting as a mediator between the two countries.

Carter also reopened diplomatic relations between the United States and China,
which had broken down during the Watergate scandal, while breaking ties with
Taiwan, and opened up trade with China. 
The signing of the bilateral strategic arms limitation treaty ,SALT II,
with the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev was another huge accomplishment. Some
experts believe this agreement was a beginning step towards the close of the
cold war with the Soviet Union (Shikun, 2015)2. With multiple successes,
abroad Carter’s administration still received much media backlash for being
ineffective which feels like it was unjust with so many important
strides forward it is easy to debate that he was in fact effective.

However, despite the many successes not all
foreign affairs during the Carter presidency went so smoothly. In November
1979, a mob of Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and
kidnapped its diplomatic staff, taking them hostage as part of a protest
against the arrival in the United States of the overthrown Iranian shah,
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, to receive necessary medical treatment that was
granted by President Carter. The students had earned the support of Iran’s
revolutionary government, who was led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Trenta,

Carter stood strong in the tense standoff that followed, but his inability to
free the hostages led his administration to be perceived as incompetent and
inefficient. Unfortunately, this perception was only increased when the failure
of a secret United States Military operation failed in April of 1980, though it
is debated whether this is entirely Carters fault because if additional
helicopters were used it would compromise the security. And with growing
concerns at home with the impending
energy crisis and unemployment rates. While not all of his foreign affairs were
success stories, during his time in office there
was a much greater positive mark then where his administration was
unsuccessful, however the public during this time did not have the same point
of view, though many expert opinions have shifted in more recent years.

Carter appointed 41 female judges during his time, which was five times as many
as all his predecessors combined. In doing this Carter set a precedent for
those who followed him and since his presidency, with the notable exception of
Reagan, every President has surpassed

record (Slonim, 1980)4.

And each one built upon his predecessor with President Barack Obama having the
most appointments.  Additionally, President Carter revived a long-dormant
practice of Presidential mediation in disputes between other nations, something
every succeeding chief executive has emulated to varying degrees, elevating the
United States as peacekeepers. Many important treaties and negotiations have developed
as a result of these actions (Azari, 2015)5.These are the actions that
may have not only increased the power of the President but changed the way the
office is run and viewed by not only the United States of America but also the
rest of the world. Seeing we must lead by example if we are not allowing the
advancement of women and helping to keep peace then there is no right to expect
anyone else to do the same.