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Authorizing Military Action Against ISIL: Geography, Strategy and Unanswered Questions

For the first time in his Administration, President Barack Obama has submitted to Congress a formal request for additional authority to use military force. Is his draft Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL “alarmingly broad,” as The New York Times worries, or a narrow set of handcuffs? Does it empower the Presidency or create—as Senator John McCain put it—“535 Commanders-in-Chief”? From different angles, many ask: Does the proposed AUMF reflect sound law and sound strategy?

Date & Time

Monday
Feb. 23, 2015
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

For the first time in his Administration, President Barack Obama has submitted to Congress a formal request for additional authority to use military force. Is his draft Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL “alarmingly broad,” as The New York Times worries, or a narrow set of handcuffs? Does it empower the Presidency or create—as Senator John McCain put it—“535 Commanders-in-Chief”? From different angles, many ask: Does the proposed AUMF reflect sound law and sound strategy?

Experts from the worlds of war, law, and Congress discussed how legislators can shape national security strategy while guarding their constitutional authority to declare war.

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