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“This is an exceptionally thoughtful, probing, insightful study that adds much to our understanding of modern warfare, both its practical application and its constitutional legitimacy. The manuscript reflects the author’s rich experience in both Congress and the executive branch. A major work that enlightens and educates.”—Louis Fisher, author of Presidential War Power

“Through its study of constitutional and political debates about American decisions to intervene militarily, Undeclared War analyzes the deeply rooted and hightly contentious ideas about which branch of government has the fundamental authority to make war. In so doing, it represents an important contribution to our understanding of intervention in American politics, which remains a matter of permanent interest to scholars and policymakers.”—Political Science Quarterly

“Scholars and others vested in the field will find the author’s work to be invaluable… this book is a treasure trove of research material.”—Parameters

Chapter List


1. Where Is Limited War in the Constitution?

2. Imperfect War and the Fragile Balance

3. The Rise of Imperfect War and Presidential Power

4. Keeping War Usable: A Place for Imperfect War

5. Justifying Intervention and the Increase of Presidential Power

6. Why Challenges to Accountability Will Grow

Conclusion: The Dilemma of Limited Military Force and the Constitution

About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Woodrow Wilson Center Press publishes books by fellows, other resident scholars, and staff written in substantial part at the Wilson Center.