RUSI JournalVolume 153Issue 3members only

War Powers: A Big Debate but only Partial Answers


The decision to go to war in Iraq sparked a debate about the powers of the Government to commit troops abroad. Jonathan Eyal explores this debate.

As Tony Blair's rule drew to a close during the 2006–2007 period and as the Prime Minister came under increasing pressure from his own backbenchers to retire, the debate about the powers of the Government to commit troops to military operations grew. The debate was couched in lofty legal principles: Britain, it was alleged, lagged behind most Western democracies in allowing its executive to send its uniformed men and women into battle without an explicit approval, or even a

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Jonathan Eyal

Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships

RUSI International

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