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Constitution Day event explores war powers, Sept. 17

September 12, 2014


This image the U.S. Constitution was made available by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Should Congress use a general government spending bill to support President Obama’s strategy against terrorists in Iraq and Syria?

Should the House and Senate debate separate legislation authorizing this new use of military force?

Just what do the American people want?


Tulane Law Professor Stephen Griffin

Constitution Day, Sept. 17, is a perfect time to explore the balance of power between the Commander in Chief and Congress. And Tulane Law Stephen Griffin has the expertise to do it. His book Long Wars and the Constitution argues that better decisions about war-making result when the executive and legislative branches work closely together — even in an era when the two seem deeply antagonistic.

Griffin’s Constitution Day presentation “What Do We Want from the War Powers Debate?” is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the Marian Mayer Berkett Multipurpose Room in Weinmann Hall.

Griffin, whose work brings together law, history and political science, teaches constitutional law and history of the U.S. Constitution.

Constitution Day celebrates the day that 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution, Sept. 17, 1787.  

Video: Constitution Day 2014: "What Do We Want from the War Powers Debate?"



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