The War Powers Committee

The Constitution provides for a division of war powers among the three branches of government.  However, on nearly every occasion that the U.S. military was deployed into combat over the past few decades, including our engagements in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, questions and disputes about the proper division of war powers have come to the forefront.  The War Powers Committee has issued recommendations for improving war powers decision-making and continues to remind members of Congress and the executive branch about their respective roles.


Mickey Edwards
Vice President and Director, Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership; Lecturer Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; Former Member of Congress (R-OK), 1977-1993; Chairman, House Republican Policy Committee

David Skaggs
Senior Strategic Advisor, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Executive Director, Colorado Commission on Higher Education, 2007-2009; Member of Congress (D-CO), 1987-1999


Louis Fisher
Scholar-in-Residence, The Constitution Project; Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers, Library of Congress, 1970-2006; Specialist in Constitutional Law, the Law Library, 2006-2010

Michael Glennon
Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University; author, Constitutional Diplomacy; co-author, Foreign Relations and National Security Law; Legal Counsel, United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 1977-1980

Peter Raven-Hansen
Glen Earl Weston Research Professor of law, George Washington University Law School

C. Dean McGrath, Jr.
Attorney, McGrath & Associates; Of Counsel, Gross & Welch; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Former Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (2006-2009); Deputy Chief of Staff, Vice President (2001-2006)

James R. Sasser
Former United States Senator (D-TN),1977-1995: Chairman of the Budget Committee and of the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Construction; United States Ambassador to China, 1995-1999

Jane Stromseth
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; contributor to The U.S. Constitution and the Power to Go to War; Former Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs, National Security Council

Don Wallace, Jr.
Of Counsel, Morgan Lewis Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Chairman, International Law Institute

Togo D. West, Jr.
Chairman, TLI Leadership Group and Noblis, Inc.; President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 1998-2000; Secretary of the Army, 1993-1997

Edwin D. Williamson
Senior Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Legal Adviser to the Department of State, 1990-1993

R. James Woolsey
Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; Director of Central Intelligence, 1993-1995; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977-1979; General Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970-1973

Michael K. Young
President, University of Utah; Dean, George Washington University Law School, 1998-2004

Former Members

Thomas Franck (2003-2009; deceased)
Murray and Ida Becker Professor of Law Emeritus, New York University School of Law; co-author of Foreign Relations and National Security Law

General (Ret) George Joulwan (2003-2004)
Former Commander in Chief, United States European Command, 1993-1997; Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, 1993-1997

Harold Hongju Koh (2004-2009, resigned upon joining the US Department of State as Legal Advisor)
Dean and Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 1998-2001

Dr. Susan E. Rice
U.S Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, the Brookings Institution; Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping 2002-2009, National Security Council, 1993-1995; Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 1997-2001

Patricia McGowan Wald (2002-2012)
Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board; Member of the American Law Council 1978-present; International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, 1999-2001; Retired Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1986-1991


Peter Raven-Hansen
Glen Earl Weston Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School



Donate Now

US Constitution