Defense and Security
Since January 2002, the Pentagon has detained hundreds of men it claims are “enemy combatants” in the U.S.-led war on terror at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba. Over the past decade, the prison has drawn international outrage—and criticism at home—from those who claim that U.S. detention policy flouts American legal norms and international law as embodied in the Geneva Conventions. Brookings experts examine some of the challenges the Obama administration faces in grappling with the legal issues Guantánamo raises.
A billboard calling for the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years by the Taliban after being captured in Afghanistan, is shown in this picture taken near Spokane, Washington on February 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Jeff T. Green)
Was Taliban-for-Bergdahl Deal the Right Move?
June 4, 2014, Fred Dews
In a new piece on Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes shares his thoughts on the deal that secured the release of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban prisoners, freed from Guantanamo Bay prison. "Was it the right move?" he asks.
Law and Security
Law and Justice
May 24, 2013, Benjamin Wittes
Opinion | Lawfare
May 23, 2013, Benjamin Wittes
Blog Post | Lawfare
May 1, 2013, Benjamin Wittes
Opinion | The National Interest
January 29, 2013, Paul R. Pillar
Opinion | Commonweal
September 14, 2012, Ritika Singh and Benjamin Wittes
Expert Q & A
August 6, 2012, Daniel L. Byman and Benjamin Wittes
Opinion | The Washington Post
January 11, 2012, Benjamin Wittes
May 13, 2011, Benjamin Wittes
April 25, 2011, Benjamin Wittes
April 5, 2011, Benjamin Wittes
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