Obama’s baptism of fire

A financial crisis, a collapsing car industry and fresh strife in Gaza - the new US president’s in-tray is overflowing as he prepares to take office

3rd January, 2009

A new year, a new president of the United States, and a new world economic order? The first two are certainties this month, but the third is more problematic and underlines the challenges facing Barack Obama as he prepares to assume office. Along with the economy, he also faces considerable political and cultural challenges and the job of dealing with new tensions in the Middle East.

Undoubtedly, the historic nature of Obama’s candidacy and his...

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