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AUMF: Reasserting the Role of Congress

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The law that authorized U.S. forces to act against terrorists after 9/11 is once again up for debate. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) is seen by many as no longer applicable to a conflict that has moved beyond those responsible for 9/11. The enemy and the nature of the conflict have changed: is it time for the U.S. to revise or repeal the AUMF?

It’s a provocative topic that touches foreign policy, defense, the Constitution and the law. This National Conversation includes expert commentators who have worked in many of the organizations most closely involved with the issue – Congress, the U.S. military and the CIA.

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  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Bob Corker

    U.S. Senator, Tennessee; Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Sarah Chayes

    Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment; formerly Special Adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Neal Katyal

    Appellate Practitioner, Hogan Lovells and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
  • Barbara Lee

    Congresswoman (D-CA)
  • Rachel Martin

    Host, Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR