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15 Feb 2011 description

The US has outlined a new strategy to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels into Ugandan society in an effort to bring peace and stability to the region.

04 Oct 2010 description

Somalia and Shabaab

The stalemate in Somalia provides an environment in which Islamic radicalism thrives, but Shabaab's decision to export terror to Uganda may end up backfiring as the Somali diaspora comes under scrutiny and increasing pressure from abroad.

By Ken Menkhaus


Somalia's capital Mogadishu has been ravaged by a protracted battle between the Somali jihadist group Shabaab and a counterterrorism alliance backing the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) for years.

03 Sep 2009 description

As the Lord's Resistance Army steps up its brutality against civilians in response to failed peace talks and military efforts to end the violence, African governments seek to join forces against the group and the UN promises new peacekeeping mandates, Edoardo Totolo writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Edoardo Totolo for ISN Security Watch

After being chased out of Uganda in 2006, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) - a rebel group fighting for the establishment of a Bible-based theocracy in Uganda - has become a major threat for people living in the vast area between the …

21 Feb 2007 description

The most commonly agreed upon definition of a child soldier is based on the "Cape Town Principles" from 1997 and describes a child soldier as "any person under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers and anyone accompanying such groups, other than family members.

29 Aug 2006 description

There is hope that a truce agreed on between rebels and the government will provide a solution to northern Uganda's 20-year conflict, but a rebel amnesty that contradicts the ICC is seen as problematic.

By Simon Roughneen in Nairobi and San Diego for ISN Security Watch (29/08/06)

"If their fighters enter these camps as agreed, then even before we sign a final peace deal, we can say it is the end of the war." So said Ugandan government spokesman Robert Kabushenga, speaking after a ceasefire between the government and northern rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) was …

21 Mar 2006 description

By Simon Roughneen for ISN in Nairobi and Turkana, Kenya (21/3/06)

The failure of the long rains in late 2005 has left at least 11 million east Africans vulnerable to a severe drought and debilitating food shortages. As animals die due to lack of water and pasture, the people who depend on their livestock for milk, meat, and income are growing hungrier by the day.