SEST-512 Congress and U.S. National Security Policy
Fall for 2007-2008
This course analyzes the role of Congress in U.S. national security policy. It begins with a review of the constitutional, historical and political setting, focusing in particular on the structure and powers of Congress, the dynamics of Congressional-Executive relations, and the pressures of domestic and electoral politics and the role of interest groups. Special attention is paid to longstanding, evolving conflicts between Congress and the Executive branch over war powers, budget priorities, base closures, defense reorganization and the legislative veto. The course concludes with an examination of the role of Congress in the formation and implementation of U.S> national security policy in the contemporary era and its role in addressing current and emerging U.S. national security challenges.
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Fall '07: Berteau, D (file download)
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