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AUMF: Reasserting the Role of Congress

July 11, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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The law that authorized U.S. forces to act against terrorists after 9/11 is once again up for debate. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) is seen by many as no longer applicable to a conflict that has moved beyond those responsible for 9/11. The enemy and the nature of the conflict have changed: is it time for the U.S. to revise or repeal the AUMF?

It’s a provocative topic that touches foreign policy, defense, the Constitution and the law. This National Conversation includes expert commentators who have worked in many of the organizations most closely involved with the issue – Congress, the U.S. military and the CIA.

*The event will begin as scheduled promptly at 12:00pm. Please be seated before the beginning of the program.

Location: 
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Jane Harman // Director, President and CEO
  • U.S. Senator, Tennessee; Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment; formerly Special Adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Professor, Georgetown University Law School and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
  • Congresswoman (D-CA)
  • Rachel Martin // Moderator
    Host, Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR
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  • Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Former National Security Adviser
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
    United States Senator
  • Michael Chertoff
    Former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Thomas Friedman
    Columnist New York Times
  • Carlos Gutierrez
    Former Secretary of Commerce
  • Dr. Henry Kissinger
    Former Secretary of State
  • General Stanley McChrystal
    Former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
  • Brent Scowcroft
    Former US National Security Adviser
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
    Former Director of Policy Planning, US Department of State
  • James Zogby
    Founder and President of the Arab American Institute, Washington, D.C.

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