The announcement that the Norwegian Nobel Committee was awarding the 2009 Peace Prize to President Barack Obama created a stir around the world.
The award was given 'for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples' yet many questioned whether it was too early in his presidency to be receiving such an honour.
This film tackles the debate and sets out the challenges ahead for President Obama.
Interviewees include: Susan Rice, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, who was foreign policy adviser to Obama during the 2008 campaign; General Scott Gration, Special Envoy to Sudan; Jesse Jackson Sr, who has known Obama for two decades through family friendship and on the Chicago political stage; David Frum, a Conservative journalist and former economic speechwriter for George W Bush; Jody Williams, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from 1997; Thorbjørn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that awarded Obama the Peace Prize; and Loretta Herron and Margaret Bagby, who worked with Obama in the Developing Communities Project in Chicago from 1985 to 1988.
The programme offers a unique insight into the Nobel Peace Laureate's approach to foreign policy and the events in his life which have shaped his world view.
|Saturday 19 December 2009||Channel 4|
|Saturday 19 December 2009||10PM||More4|