The end of the Cold War has tranformed the global security environment. Has it also changed the way the U.S. Congress and the Executive branch work together on security issues? The author argues that the end of the Cold War itself--quite apart from the new Republican majority in Congress--is producing subtle but systematic changes in the relationship between the two branches of government. He contends that the Executive retains broad leeway on issues where the national security stakes are clear, but sees a more assertive Congress on many post-Cold War issues. He illustrates his argument with two detailed case studies: President Clinton's 1993 package of aid to Russia and other post-Soviet states, and congressional action on peacekeeping in 1993-94.

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"Rosner untangles the unpredictable, unexpected, and complex changes in the relationship between the presidency and Congress that have been triggered by the end of the Cold War."

-Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute