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John Yoo at March 16 debate
Why has the project of statebuilding in Afghanistan proved to be such a failure? Because of a misguided preoccupation with the build-up of “power-deploying institutions,” and the neglect of mechanisms for holding power-holders accountable. So says Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili in the current issue of Governance. “Afghanistan illustrates how a fragile state requires enough capacity to defeat insurgents, but enough constraints to discourage ofﬁcials from predation and abuse. Unfortunately, well-crafted constraints often seem like an afterthought, as state-building efforts obsess with building quick capacity.” Free access to the commentary.
It’s been 50 years since the U.S. Congress adopted the Freedom of Information Act, which provides access to documents held by federal agencies. Since 1966, Congress has adopted many other laws designed to promote openness. But has the United States gone too far, undermining the capacity of public officials to solve our major problems?
Cain and Lewis engaged in an in-person debate about their commentaries at the University of Missouri on March 15. Watch the debate here.
Governance has just published two commentaries tied to a March 16 debate organized by the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. Details about the debate here. John Yoo argues that US presidents don’t need Congress’ approval to go to war. Read his commentary. And Alberto Coll disagrees, insisting that the US Congress must approve major wars. Read his commentary.