Guantanamo Under Trump

Chris DeRidder and Hans VandenNieuwendijk /

January 11, 2018, marks the 16th year of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, which was established in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. It also marks the prison’s first year under the direction of the Trump administration. The Trump administration has, at times, signaled interest in expanding Guantanamo, yet it has not sent any new detainees there. None of the 41 detainees who remained at the end of the Obama administration, including five who had been recommended for transfer, have been transferred. What will happen to the prison and its detainees in the remaining years of the Trump administration? Will Donald Trump reverse course and increase the number of detainees held there? Will the prison ever close?

Join New America's International Security Program as they welcome Karen Greenberg, Thomas B. Wilner, and Andy Worthington for a discussion about what is next for the prison.

Join the conversation online using #GTMO16th and following @NewAmericaISP.


Karen Greenberg@KarenGreenberg3
Director, Center on National Security at Fordham Law School
Author, Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State

Thomas B. Wilner 
Co-Founder, Close Guantanamo 
Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling, LLP

Andy Worthington, @GuantanamoAndy
Co-Founder, Close Guantanamo
Author, The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison


David Sterman, @Dsterms
Policy Analyst, New America International Security program