Debate: The President’s Constitutional Authority

The Richard Paul Richman Center at Columbia University, Intelligence Squared U.S., and the National Constitution Center

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:45pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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  The President has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But did he have constitutional power to do so? Join us for an informative debate. The Constitution carefully divides the war powers of the United States between Congress and the President. Article II provides that “The President shall be Commander in Chief.” But Article I provides that “The Congress shall have Power ... To Declare War.” In this case, Congress has not declared war; the President ordered the attacks unilaterally. Did he exceed his authority and violate the Constitution?

  Presented by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University, Intelligence Squared U.S., and the National Constitution Center.


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