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.
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