Barack Obama

Varun Ghosh reviews 'The World As It Is' by Ben Rhodes and 'Yes We (Still) Can' by Dan Pfeiffer

Varun Ghosh
28 November 2018

Gareth Evans diagnosed the affliction of leaving government as relevance deprivation syndrome. For those who worked in the Obama administration, leaving the White House must have presented More

Varun Ghosh reviews 'The Stranger' by Chuck Todd

Varun Ghosh
29 April 2015

It is sometimes easy to forget that Barack Obama ascended from the Illinois state senate to the presidency of the United States in just over four years. It was a steep rise – exhilarating and unprecedented. Since assuming office in January 2009, the road has been rockier, and it is Obama’s seven years in office that form the subject of Chuck Todd’s The Stra ... More

Glyn Davis reviews 'The Global Republic' by Frank Ninkovich

Glyn Davis
27 April 2015

‘There’s a greater problem here. This is a president who won’t proudly proclaim American exceptionalism, maybe the first president ever who truly doesn’t believe in that … Look at his foreign policy. Doesn’t believe [in] America as a force for good, it doesn’t seem. Seems like instead, he believes in multilateralism as a goal, not a tactic. He allows f ... More

'Signs and portents:The outlook for America in Obama’s second term' by Morag Fraser

Morag Fraser
31 January 2013

November in America signals a time to gather in, take stock and breathe a little. The elections are done by the end of the first week. Thanksgiving beckons, the high holidays begin, media fever subsides – a little – and morphs into retrospective political analysis and projected anxiety about the future, especially, since 2008, the economic future.

It is ... More

Morag Fraser on Obama's presidency

Morag Fraser
30 November 2010

Immediately after the mid-term elections in November, Barack Obama left for a long-planned G20 gathering in Seoul and for meetings with heads of government in the nation states of India, Indonesia, and Japan. Nothing remarkable, you think? Exactly what one expects a United States president to do? Not in America.

The right-wing blogosphere went berserk. Miche ... More