The United States' 39th president sat down with THE NATION'S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SUTHICHAI YOON to discuss major issues affecting the world today.

Here are excerpts from the exclusive interview: Suthichai: How do you assess President Obama's performance so far?

Carter: He has set a good goal for himself in many ways. He has announced an end to torture. He has announced his goal to do away with nuclear weapons. He has changed the image of my country among many people around the world.

Do you think he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize? Yes, I do. Some people don't agree with that. I...