Barack Obama’s Presidency

Obamacare. The Wall Street bailout. Race relations. The Iran deal. The Arab upheavals. How will history judge the 44th American president? Much will depend on what happens after his successor takes office.






Obama’s Tarnished Legacy in the Middle East

President Barack Obama had to deal with a dysfunctional state system and fraying civil societies, as well as blowback from George W. Bush's invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet his own actions and inactions throughout two terms of office contributed significantly to the great unraveling of the Middle East.


A Long Road to Havana

In 2014, Cuba and the United States shocked the world by announcing the normalization of bilateral relations after a half century of hostility. Yet with political leadership changing soon in both Havana and Washington, the path forward is still marked with uncertainty. Decades of enmity will not be easily forgotten.


Black Power

Chicago activist Charlene Carruthers on the first African American president, the campaign against police brutality, and the struggle for black liberation.


New Cold War Comes to Syria

/ Tahrir Forum

Russia's intervention has intensified the Syrian civil war, drawing both Western and regional powers deeper into a seemingly intractable conflict.



U.S. and Iran: Overcoming a Hard Legacy

/ Tahrir Forum

With the announcement of a nuclear deal in Vienna, a three-decade freeze in relations between the U.S. and Iran is beginning to break. A former American diplomat with a deep knowledge of Iran explains the way forward.


#BlackLivesMatter

Conservative backlash against Barack Obama and continuing police brutality against blacks indicates the country's legacy of slavery has not been overcome.