Congress and National Security Policy

The Constitution provides that responsibility for foreign and defense policy be divided between the executive and legislative branches, and there has been a “struggle” in this area between the president and Congress for the more than two hundred years of our history. Over the last 75 years a series of expansionist executives and passive Congresses has resulted in a situation in which presidential power seems to have substantially eclipsed congressional power in this arena.

Congress has periodically attempted to regain some of its power in the national security area; and the ways in which Congress influences national security policy continue to evolve. This course will examine the constitutional basis of congressional authority, how that authority has evolved over the years, and the current state of congressional power and activity in the national security area.

You will be required to conduct research, write a case study, and present your research of current congressional involvement in a specific area of national security policy for this class. Seminars meet approximately four times for two hours, over the course of 12 weeks. The first meeting date is published, with the others determined at the first class.

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April, 26, 2017 (first class meeting)

November 1, 2017 (first class meeting)

Next Course: April 26, 2017 (first class meeting)