The Problem of War Powers…

When it comes to foreign policy, it can often be seen as an area in which a President can be ‘imperial’. The checks that exist are notoriously weak, and even when Congress have tried to pass legislation (the War Powers Act 1973) the effect of it has been incredibly lacklustre. This is invariably why so many second term presidents turn their eyes overseas, to ensure they can be a legacy and exercise their powers largely unchecked by the other branches of government.

This article, therefore, provides a fascinating balance. Focussing initially on the role of Tim Kaine in Congress and his work on ISIS, but then going further to look at the discussion over who controls foreign policy. This read is a must for the foreign policy section of the course.