Amid debate over whether Congress should approve a military strike on Syria, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, has been writing about the War Powers Resolution, the 1973 law that theoretically requires that the president gain the consent of Congress before committing the country to an armed conflict. Read Rudalevige’s column, “A Win for the WPR? No, But…” on the political science blog The Monkey Cage.
The Washington Post includes some of Rudalevige’s observations from the piece in its article, “What Political Scientists Can Tell Us About War, Syria and Congress.”
The September 4, 2013, edition of USA Today also quotes Rudalevige: ”Most people who study the presidency think Congress has a role in deciding when to engage in military action,” he says in the piece. “Most people in the presidency don’t.”