Analysis Brief

Ugandan Vote Tests Democracy

As Uganda votes in its first multi-party elections in twenty-five years, President Yoweri Museveni rejects allegations he is abusing power and intimidating his opposition. His critics warn such power politics may undo much of the progress Museveni made since coming to power twenty years ago.

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Uganda's Presidential Elections

Author: Mary Crane

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's decision to run for a third term in the February 23 presidential election—which he is expected to win—the imprisonment of his main political rival, and the festering conflict between government forces and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda, have aroused international concern.

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Think Progress: U.S. Stepping Up Campaign Against Joseph Kony, Highlighting Complex Relationship With Uganda

Author: Hayes Brown

"Five months into his first term in office, President Barack Obama laid out his vision for how American values would guide his thinking in crafting foreign policy. 'We uphold our most cherished values not only because doing so is right, but because it strengthens our country and it keeps us safe,' he said at the time…. The next five years have shown the difficulty that comes when some of those values clash with each other, jostling for dominance."

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The Enough Project: Finishing the Fight Against the LRA

Author: Julia Spiegel and Noel Atama

Operation Lightning Thunder did not end the threat of the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, and it sparked harsh reprisals by the LRA against civilians in Congo. Yet, it would be an even greater tragedy for civilians if key states in the region and the international community lost their collective will to end the threat of the LRA once and for all. What is needed now is a second Ugandan-led operation against the LRA. This new operation must place civilian protection front and center.

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Primary Sources

Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Uganda

This proposed anti-homosexualitybill was introduced in Uganda's Parliament in October 2009; among its provisions, it states that "A person who commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death." The bill has not been voted upon.

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