Closing Bermuda’s Naval Bases

August 1997, Vol 22, No 2

Abstract: In 1995, the United States of America, after 54 years of presence in Bermuda terminated its leases on the 1000+ acre naval bases which it had leased until 2040. This article discusses the strategy of conciliation employed by the Bermuda Government in negotiating closure and contrasts it with the likely results if it had chosen instead to bring a lawsuit against the U.S. Government for breach of contract.