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.

Upcoming Events

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Monday, April 11, 2016
7:30pm to 9:00pm
With President Obama serving his final year in office and the campaign to replace him unfolding before us, we will examine the legacy of the Obama years and the ways in which his presidency has influenced the race to replace him. What has the Obama presidency meant to the country? Was his tenure a historic achievement in...

Past Events

Monday, April 7, 2014
7:30pm to 9:00pm
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President Obama has governed during a turbulent era in American foreign policy. The Obama Administration has dealt with the winding down of war in Iraq, the escalation of war in Afghanistan, the continued campaign against terrorism, the convulsions of the Arab Spring and Syria, the tensions of a frayed relationship with...
Monday, April 2, 2012 7:00pm
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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? How has the president managed the foreign policy challenges of his...
Monday, March 14, 2011 7:00pm
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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? And in the wake of the mid-term elections, how should he seek to lead the country for the remaining two years of...
Monday, April 12, 2010 7:00pm
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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? What about the other foreign policy challenges he has faced? And how...
Monday, April 20, 2009 7:00pm
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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? Where has he failed? And has he laid the groundwork for a...