GOVT 2305

The Constitution divides foreign policy powers between the President and the Congress. The President has command over the armed forces, nominates U.S. diplomats, recognizes foreign countries, negotiates and signs treaties, and has a cadre of hand-selected executive branch advisors available to provide expert opinions. Congress, on the other hand, appropriates funds for foreign policy, confirms the President’s advisors, ratifies treaties, and has the authority to declare war. What is the existing balance of power between Congress and the President? Is this balance appropriate for the contemporary international environment? Should Congress or the President be given additional powers? Take a position, developing a persuasive argument to support your position that includes examples from modern politics. Be sure to justify your response. 

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