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FCNL's Heather Brandon-Smith Offers Expert Testimony on the 2001 AUMF and Iran

August 7, 2019


Tensions with Iran are running high. As the current standoff threatens to escalate into open hostilities, the administration has argued that the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) could be used to justify war with Iran.

To examine these and other important questions though a nonpartisan lens, a panel of experts was assembled to discuss executive-legislative relations, constitutional war powers, and the applicability of the 2001 AUMF to future conflicts. Heather Brandon-Smith, FCNL's legislative director for militarism and human rights, was one of three legal scholars from across the ideological spectrum who was invited to testify.

Watch the discussion on C-Span.

The event was hosted by the Charles Koch Institute and featured:

  • Stephen Vladeck from the University of Texas’s School of Law
  • Gene Healy of the Cato Institute
  • Heather Brandon-Smith of FCNL and Georgetown Law

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