THE FINAL YEAR gives a look at the inner workings of the Obama administration as they prepare to establish a legacy when leaving power after eight years. The film revolves around Obama's foreign policy team: Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Deputy National Security Advisor and presidential confidant Ben Rhodes, as well as National Security Adviser Susan Rica and President Obama himself. Over the course of 2016, they travel the world attempting to solidify and "lock-in" policies that they believe will define their legacy, promote diplomacy over large-scale military action, and fundamentally alter how the US government confronts questions of war and peace, as they prepare to hand over the machinery of American power to a new administration.
Greg Barker, @gjbarker
Director, THE FINAL YEAR
ASU Future of War Fellow, Class of 2018
Deputy Director, Fellows Program, New America