A fighter jet is launched from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during a strike against what the U.S. military describe as Houthi military targets in Yemen, February 3, 2024. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jorge LeBaron/Handout via REUTERS.

Bending the Guardrails: U.S. War Powers after 7 October

Amid the Gaza war, the Biden administration has resorted to military force without asking Congress, further corroding the U.S. constitution’s checks and balances in this domain. Job one is a ceasefire but war powers reform is a vital task for the future.

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With no real alternative at the ballot box, discontented Bangladeshis have few options besides street protests to make their voices heard. AFP

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Tunisia is on an authoritarian path and these elections are only meant to confirm the president in power and strengthen his hand. Bloomberg

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Since October 7, the [Israeli] government is more emboldened to carry out attacks in the West Bank, and they are engaged in collective punishment. Al Jazeera

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