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Congress and Credible Threats

By 玄史生 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26033141

Packaging some old thinking in some new bottles over at the Diplomat; the apparent bipartisan Senate interest in constraining executive war powers leads to some tricky difficulties with respect to deterrence in the Taiwan Straits…

What legal justification does the United States need in order to defend Taiwan, and why does it matter? The question strikes at the heart of many of the priorities of the incoming Biden administration, which will be faced with immediate questions about how to deal with China on the one hand, and how to manage the balance between executive and congressional war powers on the other.

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