The closure of Guantanamo Bay has been a controversial topic since its first detainees arrived in 2002. One of the main issues that President Obama focused on during the campaigning for his presidency was the need to close Guantanamo Bay. He kept that strong focus throughout his entire eight years of presidency, yet was still unable to close the detention facility. The purpose of this study is to look at the role that bureaucratic players had during the process of trying to close Guantanamo Bay.

Using the Bureaucratic Politics Model, I focus on the aspect of “pulling and hauling” in order to examine the interactions between the players. A case study analysis of Obama’s presidency is used to examine the different players and interactions over that specific time period. Through the analysis of the interactions between President Obama and Congress, this study found that the restrictions placed on the Executive Branch by Congress are the main reasons that Guantanamo Bay has yet to be closed.


Leiby, Michele


Political Science

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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