The Yale Law Journal

Matthew C. Waxman

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The Power to Threaten War

Matthew C. Waxman

Reframing the war powers debate

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Syria, Threats of Force, and Constitutional War Powers

Matthew C. Waxman

In this Essay, Professor Matthew Waxman argues that debates about constitutional war powers neglect the critical role of threats of war or force in American foreign policy. The recent Syria case highlights the President’s vast legal power to threaten military force as well as the political constrain…