Panel Discussion on Should and Will Guantanamo Close?


President Obama vowed to close the operation during the 2008 presidential campaign, but the facility remains in operation. 

A panel of experts including former advisers in Bush and Obama’s administrations will discuss the American prison camp at Guantanamo, Cuba and address the questions of should and will the facility be shuttered.

Information about the participants:

Alberto Mora has held different positions with the U.S. State Department during the Bush administration and as the General Counsel of the Navy. Beginning in 2001 he led efforts in the Department of Defense to oppose Bush administration legal theories that allowed harsh interrogation tactics at Guantanamo.

Ashika Singh was Obama’s Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser, Political-Military Affairs. She has been involved in the current plan of the Pentagon to close Guantanamo. She will discuss the feasibility of the plan.

Adam Thurschwell has been General Defense Counsel at the Military Commission in Guantanamo since 2008.  He is in charge of defending individuals prosecuted in the Guantanamo Bay military commissions. He will provide some insights from ongoing prosecutions including the 9/11 case.

Jess Bravin is a journalist at the Wall Street Journal and author of “The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay” (Yale, 2013). He won several prizes for the coverage of the International Criminal Court and the legal response to 9/11.

Sharon Weill is a lecturer and researcher in international law at Sciences Po Paris. Her research focuses on the role of justice and the war on terror in a comparative manner. She is author of the book The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law(Oxford University Press, 2014).

Mark Danner Chancellors Professor of English and Journalism at University of California, Berkeley, has written on foreign conflict and human rights for three decades, covering Haiti, Central America, the Balkans, Iraq and many other stories. A longtime staff writer at the New Yorker and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, he is the author of numerous books.i