The Annual Review of the Presidency has been an IGS tradition since 1981. Sponsored by the Matsui Center, the series brings together a panel of distinguished writers, academics, politicians, and policymakers to analyze the Presidential performance of the past year.
Annual Review of the Presidency
President Obama has governed during a turbulent era in American foreign policy.
A panel of experts analyzes President Obama's re-election victory, and the prospects for his second term in the White House. The President won a clear but narrow victory, carrying fewer states and receiving a lower share of the popular vote than he did in 2008.
As President Obama seeks a second term, we examine his presidency and the 2012 election. Is the president to blame for the stagnant economy that has bedeviled his administration? Would any president have been able to engineer a speedier economic recovery?
Halfway through his term, how do we assess the presidency of Barack Obama? How did he deal with the economic and foreign policy dilemmas he inherited? How did his election change the dynamics of both parties?
After 15 months in office, how has President Obama responded to the historic opportunity that greeted his arrival in the White House? Has he responded adequately to an economy in crisis? Has he moved fast enough to fulfill his campaign promise on Iraq?
Barack Obama is a historic president who took office at a historic moment, amid an economic crisis at home and a lingering war abroad. After exactly three months in office, our panel of experts assesses the new administration. What has the president accomplished?