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Introduction

in The Powers of War and Peace

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780226960319
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226960333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226960333.003.0001
Introduction

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The American constitutional system has yet to settle the question of the allocation of power over the interpretation of treaties, now more than two hundred years old. This book seeks to answer such issues by carefully examining the text, structure, and ratification history of the Constitution. First, it addresses war powers, and in particular the question of whether the Constitution requires congressional approval of war or whether the president has the discretion to initiate military hostilities. Second, the book examines the methods by which the United States engages in peaceful relations with other nations, in particular the different methods for making international agreements. Third, it discusses the enforcement of international agreements, with particular attention to their interpretation and termination.

Keywords: constitutional system; American constitution; treaties; ratification; congressional approval; international agreements

Chapter.  11332 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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