It was a hard-fought campaign, but in the end Barack Obama was able to secure a second term. The new and old President addressed the nation, and promised the "best is still to come." But it will be a difficult four years for the man that many Americans have pinned their hopes on. On Capitol Hill, the balance of power remains the same.
The House of Representatives has retained a Republican majority, which will allow it to block new legislature.
Obama has reached out to the Republicans with a plea to work together for the good of the nation. Both sides have showed some willingness to cooperate. Accepting defeat, Mitt Romney stressed it was not a time for political infighting.
Will Obama be able to get the economy back on track in the next four years? Will he bring new jobs to America? Will he use his second chance? And what will a second term mean for foreign policy?
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Constanze Stelzenmüller -After completing her studies in Geneva and at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard, Constanze Stelzenmüller gained a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn. She later worked as an editor for the German weekly Die Zeit, where she developed a name for herself as an expert on defense and security issues. She also worked as guest lecturer at a number of American universities. Since 2005 she has run the Berlin office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States. In 2007 she was invited to join the advisory board of the German Foundation for Peace Research.
Judy Dempsey- After training as a journalist in Ireland, Ms Dempsey embarked on an international career that has spanned 24 years up to now. From the 1980s to early 1990s she reported from eastern Europe. In 1996 she took over the Financial Times' bureau in Jerusalem where she remained until 2001. Judy Dempsey has won numerous awards for her work, including the Anglo-German Prize and the Foreign Press Association Award. She now works as the Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent for the International Herald Tribune.
Josef Braml – He is an expert on the US who has worked since 2006 at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) where he is the head of the Council's yearly publication. Before that he was a research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (2002-2006), a head of project at the Aspen Institute Berlin (2001), a Visiting Scholar at the German-American Center (2000), a consultant for the World Bank (1999), and a legislative consultant for the US House of Representatives (1997-1998). His most recent prizewinning book is entitled "The American patient – What the impending collapse of the US means for the world".