One Year On: America’s Standing in the World

International Roundtable

January 21, 2010: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

President Obama set a daunting domestic agenda and faced two wars when he promised "Change we can believe in." Now one year into his presidency, managing two wars and an intransigent Iran, let alone a major foreign policy crisis of the kind that is almost certain to arise at some point during his term, the public is looking for results.


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Event Details

Jobs, health care, immigration, terrorism and war in Afghanistan are all work-in-progress that have left the White House open to criticism that Mr. Obama is trying to do too much, too fast, and can’t devote his attention to getting the deals done. At home health care will determine success. In foreign policy will President Obama's Afghan strategy lead President Karzai to share power with local leaders whom we can rely on to govern? If not, the NATO Afghan deployment will not be successful. In the words of Fouad Ajami of The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, “The laws of gravity, the weight of history and of precedent, have caught up with the Obama presidency. We are beyond stirring speeches. The novelty of the Obama approach, and the Obama persona, has worn off. There is a whole American diplomatic tradition to draw upon – engagements made, wisdom acquired in the course of decades, and, yes, accounts to be settled with rogues and tyrannies. They might yet help this administration find its way out of a labyrinth of its own making.” Have the laws of gravity weighed Mr. Obama down? Can he still make the Change that we can believe in? Ambassador Bindenagel will draw upon his 28 years of experience in the US Foreign Service to assess the historic first year and how the Administration will be judged in the years ahead.


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Deadline: 1/21/2010


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Drinks at The Midway Club, Fifth Floor

Speaker Profiles

Ambassador J. D. Bindenagel (Speaker)
Vice President for Community, Government & International Affairs,, DePaul University

Expert on U.S. relations with Europe, particularly Germany, NATO, trans-Atlantic relations. Former United States ambassador with 28 years of experience in the American diplomatic corps. Served the State Department in Germany and Washington, D.C., in various capacities, including deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Berlin, East Germany, during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and U.S. charge d’affaires and deputy chief of mission in Bonn, Germany, from 1994 to 1997. Played an instrumental role in negotiations that led to the 2001 agreement securing $6 billion in payments from Germany, Austria and France for Holocaust and other Nazi victims. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Speaks German fluently.


Karl Buschmann 
Chairman, International Roundtable