New Piece on Presidential Power (Co-Authored with Donna Starr-Deelen)

I have a new article out in Presidential Studies Quarterly: Libya, Syria, ISIS, and the Case against the Energetic Executive

The Anti-(d)emocratic Reaction to Reecent Supreme Court Decisions

My latest piece for the Hill:

The Confederate Flag and the States’ Rights Myth

I’m glad to see states are moving away from public display of the Confederate flag.  It’s important to keep the specific history in mind here.  Some who defend the Confederate flag argue it stands for states’ rights.  In the Confederacy, however, slavery took precedent over states’ rights, as I explained here:

Edelson Op-Ed in NH Union-Leader on Questions for Presidential Candidates About National Security Power

Here’s my latest piece on presidential power–in context of 2016 election.

April 23 AU Event: Obama and War Power

(please RSVP if you can come–lunch will be served):

The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies invites you to this lunchtime panel:

The Obama Administration: Legal Issues Involving the Use of Military Force

Thursday, April 23rd
American University
Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge

Panel to Include:
Chris Edelson: Assistant Professor of Government, School of Public Affairs at American University

Lou Fisher: Scholar in Residence, The Constitution Project

Shoon Murray: Associate Professor, School of International Service at American University

Moderated by Professor James A. Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Distinguished University Professor

Please RSVP to or 202-885-3491

Constitututional Issues Related to War Against ISIS

Something I wrote about this for USA Today:

Thoughts on How to Defend Reproductive Rights on the Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision