James Baker coming to Miller Center

James Baker coming to Miller Center

President Bush may not be the only one “staying the course.” The Miller Center of Public Affairs (www.millercenter.virginia.edu) at UVA announced last week that it has assembled a National War Powers Commission, a bipartisan panel designed to examine constitutional allocations of power during war. Former secretaries of state James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher will lead the panel.

James Baker’s Iraq Study Group may not have had the impacts intended, but the former secretary of state will join another commission sponsored by the Miller Center to study national war politics.

Baker served as co-chair of the 2006 Iraq Study Group whose December report laid out several policy proposals for the current administration, including a suggestion for the phased withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Unlike last year’s study group, however, the National War Powers Commission’s recommendations will not be intended for immediate, practical application. These discussions will be entirely prospective, according to Lisa Todorovich, assistant director for communications at the Miller Center.

The first meeting of the Commission is scheduled for April 3, after which discussions will continue on an open-ended basis. While deliberations will be conducted behind closed doors, Todorovich says the 10-member panel intends to publish its recommendations and make reports available to the public.

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