This podcast reviews the first anniversary of Obama’s election and discusses his achievements and the challenges he faces in the next year. Werz argues Obama was as successful as one can possibly be given the unique problems that he did face when he took office and that the stabilization of the financial crisis was his first achievement in a time where he had to tackle several domestic and international crises simultaneously.
The event “Yes, We Can?” took place on October 13 in Hamburg, Germany at the Koerber Forum. Michael Werz, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, spoke about the first year of the new administration and the meaning of Barack Obama’s multiethnic background. Other participants in the event, moderated by U.S. journalist Melinda Crane, were Karsten Voigt, coordinator of U.S.-German relations in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, and Hamburg-based writer Lu Yen Roloff.
Michael Werz tells Today's Zaman that if Turkish society continues on its path of democratic reform and vigorous public debate about its future, it will play an important role in the region where it has a lot of interests in common with the United States.
Michael Werz is a Senior Fellow at the American Progress, where his work as member of the National Security Team focuses on the nexus of climate change, migration, and security and emerging democracies, especially Turkey, Mexico, and Brazil. He has been a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund where his work focused on […]