War Powers


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Dickinson to host panel discussion on recent U.S. military operations

Following the beheading of two Americans, the Obama administration entered an air war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, without a declaration of war or explicit congressional authority. Dickinson will host a panel discussion exploring the domestic and international legal and political questions related to recent U.S. military operations. The program, titled “U.S. War Powers,” will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center, Great Room, located at 208 West Louther Street. It is free and open to the public and will be live streamed (video will be available at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12).

Amy Gaudion is the assistant dean for academic affairs at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Her teaching interests focus on national security and constitutional law. She also is a legal advisor to World on Trial, a public television and multimedia project.

Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., is director of the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute and held the U.S. Army War College Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research Chair. He served as a strategist with the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, and later as chairman of the strategic research department of the Strategic Studies Institute. He has published work in the areas of national security and military strategy formation, future military requirements, civil military relations and strategy planning.

Andrew Rudalevige is the Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. He previously taught at Dickinson College and has published numerous books on presidential power. His books include Managing the President’s Program, which won the Neustadt Prize for best book on the presidency, and The New Imperial Presidency: Renewing Presidential Power after Watergate. He is frequent contributor to The Monkey Cage blog on The Washington Post Web site. 

Douglas Stuart is the J. William and Helen D. Stuart Chair in International Studies at Dickinson and an adjunct research professor at the U.S. Army War College. He is a former NATO Fellow and State Department scholar diplomat. He has published several books on national security, and his research focuses on the history of the U.S. national-security bureaucracy, proposals for reform of the U.S. national-security bureaucracy, U.S. civil-military relations, and Asia-Pacific security.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund.

Audio and video of past Clarke Forum events are available through Clarke Forum podcasts. Podcasts of numerous college speakers as well as course podcasts also are available via Dickinson's iTunes U channel.

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Published February 9, 2015