Jimmy Carter

Carter to step down from 'front-line' work with The Elders

Jimmy Carter is stepping away from his "front-line role" as a member of The Elders, the global human rights group announced Wednesday.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela founded the small group of former global leaders in 2007, and the former U.S. president participated in its first mission later that year in Sudan, focusing on Darfur. The organization said Carter has "played a key role" in every delegation in the Middle East, including trips last spring to Israel and Palestine as well as a meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin in Moscow.

The statement gave no specific reason for the change in Carter's status. The group also announced...