It is easy to conclude that the U.S. Congress, deeply partisan and paralyzed by gridlock, is simply incapable of playing a constructive role in matters of war and peace. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and indeed, it wasn’t always. From the late 1960s to the early 1990s, Congress weighed in responsibly on conflicts in Southeast Asia, Central America, the Middle East, and southern Africa. Now is the perfect time for congressional leaders to breathe new life into an essential component of American democracy.
"Congress and War" is from the January/February 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs.