Monday, November 7, 2011

The History Workshop presents...Professor Brien Hallet, November 18th

Shattering the Constitution:
The Rule of Law and the Power to Declare War

Brien Hallett, Associate Professor, Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Friday November 18; 2:30-4:00pm
History Department Library
2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall A201

As America's recent involvement in the overthrow of the Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi illustrates once again, the Congress is incapable of discharging its clear constitutional duty "to declare war." Why is this? Was Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. correct when he attributed this congressional failure to the rise of an Imperial Presidency? Or, might the history of executive-legislative relations tell a different story?