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May 5, 2016  Uganda: Accountability and Child Soldiers
    "After two decades spent fighting in the bush, Dominic Ongwen, a senior commander in the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), faces trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on seventy counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. ... the first time that a former child soldier will be prosecuted at the ICC and the first time that an accused faces charges for the same crimes perpetrated against him. As such, the Ongwen trial raises myriad questions and poses difficult dilemmas regarding the prosecution of child soldiers." - Justice in Conflict symposium

Mar 14, 2012  Africa: KONY 2012, Military Realities
    "Chasing the leaders, which seems to be the strategy preferred by both the Ugandan People's Defence Force and the US military, is a hit or miss approach that will call down more attacks on unprotected civilians as the LRA instrumentalise them to send their twisted message and replace battlefield losses by abducting new fighters. While the Ugandan/US strategy has produced some attrition, it has also generated a bloody response and a massive recruitment campaign that seems to have gone unnoticed." - Philip Lancaster, co-author of Diagnostic Study of the Lord's Resistance Army, and former military assistant to Gen. Romeo Dallaire in Rwanda

Mar 14, 2012  Africa: KONY 2012, Selected Reflections
    "The reason why the LRA continues is that its victims - the civilian population of the area - trust neither the LRA nor government forces. Sandwiched between the two, civilians need to be rescued from an ongoing military mobilization and offered the hope of a political process. Alas, this message has no room in the Invisible Children video that ends with a call to arms." - Mahmood Mamdani, Professor and Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, New York City.

May   4, 2011  Uganda: Protests in Perspective
Jun 24, 2009  USA/Uganda: Recovery from Conflict?
Jan 28, 2009  Congo (Kinshasa): Risky Steps towards Peace
May   7, 2007  USA/Africa: More than Just a Mvule Tree
Apr 20, 2006  Uganda: The Costs of War
Feb 21, 2006  East Africa: Dams and Lake Victoria
Oct 31, 2005  Uganda: Calls for Peace, Justice
Sep 30, 2004  Uganda: Children, War, and Peace

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

January 29, 2018  Africa/Global: Humanitarian Attention Deficits
January 15, 2018  Africa/Global: World Trends in Inequality
December 11, 2017  Africa/Global: Paradise Papers, Plus
November 13, 2017  Africa/Global: Counterproductive Counterterrorism
October 30, 2017  Africa/Global: Recent Books Read & Recommended
October 9, 2017  Africa/Global: Tobacco Industry Targets Africa Markets

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Africa Policy E-Journal (1995-2003)

2003-09-07 Uganda: A War Ignored
2002-05-06 Uganda: World Bank and Poverty
2000-04-30 Uganda: Referendum Monitoring
1997-10-09 Uganda: Child Victims of Rebels

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Internal Security Releases Journalist Without Charge
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