Time12:30PM1:30PM EST LocationCVC 268, Washington, DC, 20515
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Symposium on Congressional Capacity and Endless War in Afghanistan & Syria

U.S. military personnel invaded Afghanistan almost two decades ago, and the U.S government began supplying aid to Syrian rebels in 2012.

In neither case did Congress use its Article I authority to declare war. In fact, Congress has not declared war since 1942. Instead, presidential administrations have justified their military actions in Afghanistan or Syria. For example, Congress passed an “authorization of the use of military force” (AUMF) in 2001 to permit the Bush administration to use U.S. military resources against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. This sort of presidentially-initiated military intervention is a far cry from what the Founders intended.

Join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group on November 12 to discuss this constitutionally anomalous situation and congressional capacity over war powers and foreign affairs.


Casey Burgat

Senior Fellow, R Street Institute

Louis Fisher

Scholar in Residence, Constitution Project

Anthony Marcum

Resident Fellow, R Street Institute

James Wallner

Senior Fellow, R Street Institute

Elizabeth Goitein

Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Policy studies by each speaker will be included below as they are released prior to this event.

– Congress Must Protect Its Constitutional Power Over War, by Louis Fisher

Why Congress Can’t Sue to End Military Conflicts, Anthony Marcum

Lunch will be provided as supplies last*

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