March 3 event at American University to discuss my new book

Please come if you can–this event will relate to my new book, Power without Constraint: the Post-9/11 Presidency and National Security.  Please RSVP if you can come–info below:

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

Assessing the Bush and Obama Post 9/11 Presidencies: Continuity, Change and the Future of National Security Power

Thursday, March 3rd
American University
Mary Graydon Center Room 200

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

Mary B. DeRosa: Distinguished Visitor from Practice
Co-Director, Global Law Scholars Program at Georgetown Law School

Scott Roehm: Vice President of Programs and Policy at The Constitution Project

Jordan Tama, Assistant Professor in the 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
Lunch will be served


Why Trump May Allow Other Republican Candidates to Take Extreme Positions

How can the president respond to the Paris attacks and ISIS?

My take on what presidents and presidential candidates can and can’t do:

Why Trump Should Be Taken Seriously

My piece for the Hill on why Trump can’t be dismissed as a side show:

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: