Re-embracing the Wartime Detention Mission

4 No. 1 Fletcher Security Review 171 (2017)

5 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2017 Last revised: 22 Aug 2017

Date Written: August 17, 2017


President Donald Trump has made clear his intent to utilize wartime detention in the fight against al-Qa’ida and ISIS. If done correctly this could be a positive development in the United States’ evolving approach to the war against al-Qa’ida, ISIS, and their associates, so long as it is coupled with a commitment to continuing key detention policies and humane treatment standards developed over the past fifteen years. In recent years, the United States has largely avoided adding to the detainee population at Guantanamo (GTMO) – mainly in reaction to some of the more infamous excesses from the first couple of years after the attacks on September 11, 2001. But failing to capture new enemy fighters has come with an operational and humanitarian cost. The United States should take the opportunity that comes with political transition to re-embrace the wartime detention mission.

Keywords: detention, Guantanamo, detainee, wartime, law of armed conflict, interrogation

Suggested Citation

Vogel, Ryan Joseph, Re-embracing the Wartime Detention Mission (August 17, 2017). 4 No. 1 Fletcher Security Review 171 (2017). Available at SSRN:

Ryan Joseph Vogel (Contact Author)

Utah Valley University ( email )

800 West University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058-5999
United States

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