The closing of Guantánamo
Bay was one of President
Obama’s chief promises on the campaign trail and one of the first executive
orders issued this January. The
prison camp, which houses 250 inmates on the southern coast of Cuba, will be
gradually shut down over the next year. Yet the question remains as to where
former detainees will be sent. Fifty to one hundred
detainees await federal or military trial and will be placed into the U.S.
prison system, but nearly one hundred fifty prisoners remain in international limbo. With U.S.
penitentiaries protesting the absorption of potentially dangerous prisoners and
the prisoners’ countries of origin refusing to readmit them abroad, the closing
will challenge ideas of federal security and national identity.
We want to know:
How can a geographic perspective help U.S. decision makers solve the problem of what
to do with Guantánamo
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Image of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, courtesy NASA.