Obama’s second term: challenges and expectations

Wednesday 16 January 2013, 7:00 PM

As Obama embarks on his second term in office, he faces major challenges at home and abroad.

With a fiscal cliff narrowly avoided and the Republicans and Democrats at loggerheads in Congress, at home Obama faces major challenges on the economy.

Abroad he must forge relations with Arab countries that have elected new political leaders, whilst maintaining allies in the Gulf. Following the recent outbreak of violence between Israel and Gaza, he will be re-engaging with the peace process.

He also faces an ultimatum with Iran over their nuclear programme, the deteriorating situation in Syria and frustration over his many unfulfilled promises such as the closing of Guantanamo.

On the eve of his inauguration, join us with a panel of experts and commentators to examine the challenges that lie ahead for Barack Obama.

Chaired by author, journalist and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb. He has worked for NPR and the BBC, and has written for The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

The panel:

Nick Schifrin is a foreign correspondent for ABC News based in London. Previously he was the ABC News Afghanistan-Pakistan correspondent and bureau chief based in both Kabul and Islamabad, from 2008 until 2012.

Felicity Spector writes about US politics for Channel 4 News. She has been covering US politics for more than 15 years including the 2000, 2008 and 2012 campaigns for Channel 4 News.

Robert Carolina the chair of Democrats Abroad UK, the official arm of the Democratic National Committee for Americans living outside the US and its territories. He started his support of the Obama campaign in 2007, and went on to lead a number of Obama campaign efforts in the UK in 2008.