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Thursday, March 08, 2007

National War Powers Commission

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of
Virginia has formed the National War Powers Commission,
a private bipartisan panel led by former Secretaries of State
James A. Baker, III and Warren Christopher. The Commission
will examine how the Constitution allocates the powers of
beginning, conducting, and ending war.

The Center web site states that the "Commission's
work and deliberations will entail an analysis of various
legal issues, as well as historical and practical considerations.
The Commission intends to rely on existing scholarship, the
wide experience among its members, and the counsel of other
experts. Commission members hope their report will make a
positive contribution to the public debate on the proper exercise
of war powers; educate the public about these crucially important
issues; and promote greater agreement and more productive
working relationships among the branches of government."

Hat tip to the Law Librarian Blog.