Symposium

Rebalancing National Security

By The Editors

In recent decades, Congress’s approach to national security policymaking has been like Bartleby’s: It would prefer not to. This long-term relinquishing of authority has left the executive branch with increasing power to take extraordinary action with almost no oversight. We at Democracy, with the support of Open Society Foundations, decided to look at the effects of that monopolization of authority, in policy areas from arms sales to national emergency declarations. This array of experts will convince you of how serious this problem is, even when the President shares your politics.

Restoring Congress’s National Security Powers

By Morton H. Halperin Rachel Everette

19 MIN READ

War Powers: We Must Do Better Than the Current Monarchism

By Stephen Pomper

16 MIN READ

Arms Sales: The Case for Affirmative Congressional Approval

By Lora Lumpe

10 MIN READ

Arms Sales: The Yemen Example

By Terrence P. Collingsworth

11 MIN READ

Civil-Military Relations: Repairing Fractured Ties

By Alexander Vindman

10 MIN READ

Emergency Powers: A System Vulnerable to Executive Abuse

By Elizabeth Goitein

14 MIN READ

The Editors of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas are Michael Tomasky (Editor), Jack Meserve (Managing Editor), and Delphine d'Amora (Associate Editor).

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