After several stops and starts, Barack Obama will arrive in Australia next week for his first visit as President of the United States. What should Australians expect from this visit? How is it likely to impact on our international relations and our domestic politics? And what sort of a president is Obama turning out to be? At the Lowy Lecture on 10 November 2011, the Lowy Institute's executive director Dr Michael Wesley put these and other questions to an expert panel comprising Peter Hartcher, Dr Nick Bryant and Dr Michael Fullilove.