Guest Speaker to Address Presidential War Power after 9/11

Posted: April 13, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Louis Fisher, a specialist with the Law Library of the Library of Congress, is the featured speaker on “Presidential War Power after 9/11” in a program Monday, April 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Third Floor Tier of the Center for the Arts.

James Pfiffner, professor in Mason’s School of Public Policy, will also make remarks.

The program, which is free and open to all, is part of the Harold Gortner Distinguished Speaker Series in Public Administration 2006 and is sponsored by the Department of Public and International Affairs. A reception will follow the talks.

Fisher worked for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) from 1970 to 2006. In 1987, he was research director of the House Iran-Contra Committee, writing major sections of the final report.

Fisher has been invited to testify before Congress on such issues as war powers, executive spending discretion, presidential reorganization authority, Congress and the Constitution, CIA whistleblowing, and presidential impoundment powers.

His specialties include constitutional law, war powers, budget policy, executive-legislative relations and judicial-congressional relations. He is the author of “Presidential War Power,” “Military Tribunals and Presidential Power, many other books and more than 300 articles in law reviews, political science journals, encyclopedias, books, magazines and newspapers. He has been invited to speak in venues around the world. He has a PhD in political science from the New School for Social Research.

Pfiffner’s major areas of expertise are the presidency, American national government and public management. He has lectured on these topics at universities in Europe and throughout the United States, as well as at the Federal Executive Institute, the National War College, the U.S. Military Academy and at the State, Justice and Defense Departments.

He is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, and he has been a panel member or on project staffs of the Volcker Commission, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. His professional experience includes service in the Director’s Office of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (1980-81), and he has been a member of the faculty at the University of California, Riverside, and California State University, Fullerton.

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