Learning Objectives

5.1 Describe the ebb and flow of legislative-executive relations over foreign policy matters since World War II.

5.2 Explain four constraints on congressional action.

5.3 Summarize the institutional factors that determine the extent to which Congress engages in foreign policy.

5.4 Identify the ways Congress has exercised authority regarding war powers and the use of force.

5.5 Discuss Congress’s power of the purse and the two key areas of foreign policy in which it comes into play.