Villanova: The War Powers and the End of the War in Afghanistan

Matthew J. Ryan Center: “The War Powers and the End of the War in Afghanistan”


The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting William Ruger for a Constitution Day lecture on war powers and the end of the war in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 • 7:30 PM
Bartley Hall, Room 1011 • Villanova University

Free and open to the public

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William Ruger is a research fellow in foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is also vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute and a vice president for foreign policy at Stand Together (where he leads the Koch network’s foreign policy initiative). He was previously an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an adjunct assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas‐​Austin. His scholarship has appeared in a number of academic journals, including International Studies QuarterlyCivil Wars, and Armed Forces and Society. He is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and coauthor of two books on state politics, including Freedom in the 50 States (now in its 5th edition). He is a frequent guest on television and radio and has written op‐​eds for numerous outlets, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. Ruger is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve component).

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The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. Central concerns of the Center include the inalienable rights of all humanity, the principles of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism, the nature and preservation of free political institutions, and the application of principles of the American founding and Constitution to contemporary issues.

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