Harold kohs admirable and ambitious work examines the iran contra affair in the context of a larger systematic analysis of the adequacy of our national security constitution kohs book is essential reading for scholars engaged in issues of national security and foreign policy for it offers an insightful analysis of a recurrent problem in american politics congressional and judicial . 4 the iran contra affair as an assault on the postwar national security constitution pp 101 116 to grasp the full constitutional import of the iran contra affair we must first understand the assumptions underlying our post war national security system. The national security constitution sharing power after the iran contra affair yale university press 1990 winner richard e neustadt award awarded by the presidency research section american political science association to the best book published in 1990 that contributed most to research and scholarship on the american presidency. Combining practical knowledge of government with insights from law history and political science koh discusses the implications of the iran contra scandal for the constitutional conduct of national security policy our national security constitution and offers prescriptions to improve the way the united states could conduct its foreign . The iran contra affair tests our system of checks and balances oliver north image donated by corbis bettmann the administrations actions strike at the very heart of the system of checks and balances national constitution center
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