Undergraduate Honors Thesis


Change on the Horizon: The Church Committee (1975) and Jimmy Carter’s Foreign Policy Public Deposited

  • This work examines the impact that the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities (aka the Church Committee) investigation in 1975 had on the 1976 election cycle and Jimmy Carter's foreign policy during his term. It examines the interplay between the legacies of Watergate, the revelations of the Church Committee, and the concept of human rights from 1976 to the end of Carter's presidency in 1981. Driven by the Church Committee findings, Chile is used as a case study to examine the impact of U.S. foreign policy in the region of Latin America before the 1976 election as well as after Carter took office. The influence of the CIA in the region and its role in the creation of Operation Condor is used to contextualize Carter’s presidency amid the rising tensions of the Cold War. Debates, speeches, diary entries and memoirs are used to gain insight into the genesis of Jimmy Carter’s dedication to the cause of human rights. Carter’s personal perspective on the accomplishments of his administration with respect to intelligence reform and the advancement of human rights reveal a balancing act between the practical politics of the era and the ideological commitments of a President working to restore faith in the American government.

Date Awarded
  • 2022-04-04
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  • 2022-04-12
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