Adrift in a Sea of violence: Obama's Legacy and the Prospect of a Trump or Clinton Presidency

27 August 2016

Published in The Conversation

As the first African-American US president, Barack Obama assumed office in January 2009 amid public euphoria and high expectations of greater racial harmony and reduced gun violence at home and a more stable and peaceful international order. The mood was best encapsulated by his electrifying slogan:

Yes, we can.

But nearly eight years later a more apt description might be:

No, we can’t.