Video: Executive power in a time of war

Chris Edelson of American University and Lou Fisher of the Constitution Project join National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen to examine if the President’s evolving power to take military action without a formal Congressional war declaration.

executivepower400This discussion traces the origin of the debate over limiting presidential power back to Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus to the current debates over President Obama’s use of executive power in Libya and Syria.

Edelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Director, Politics, Policy and Law (PPL) Scholars Program at American University. His latest book is “Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror.”

Fisher is Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project. Previously he worked for four decades at the Library of Congress as Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers (Congressional Research Service, from 1970 to 2006) and Specialist in Constitutional Law (the Law Library).

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