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November 28, 2022

Political Transitions
Fathers and Sons

A looming crisis of succession in several African countries indicates a troubling persistence of ego-driven political paternalism.

Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni sits and looks to the right while wearing his uniform.

November 8, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
Dangerous Trends in Eastern Congo

The resurgence of the M23 rebel group in Eastern Congo increases suffering for civilians and heightens international tensions.    

In Goma, North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a man holds a sign with red "Xs" over the faces of the Presidents of Rwanda and Uganda, at a protest in support of FARDC.

October 18, 2022

Uganda
Uganda's Uncertain Future

While the Twitter war between Uganda and Kenya may be entertaining, the implications of a succession crisis in Uganda are serious.

In a green camouflaged military fatigues General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, son of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, sits at a table.

November 26, 2019

Rwanda
Kagame’s Spat With Museveni Is Costing Rwandans

On November 10, Rwandan security forces shot dead two Ugandan nationals accused of smuggling tobacco across the border. Smuggling has become more common after Rwanda closed its border with Uganda in late February amidst a dispute between Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (R) and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni follow the proceedings of the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, in Kigali April 7, 2014.

September 4, 2018

Uganda
Uganda's Bobi Wine Brings Attention to Museveni's Repressive Politics

Recent events have shone an international spotlight on Uganda, where the government’s treatment of parliamentarian and musician Robert Kyagulanyi, better known by his stage name, Bobi Wine, is bringing new attention to the repressive nature of Ugandan politics, and new energy to those resisting the status quo. He recently arrived in the United States to seek medical treatment for injuries allegedly sustained while in government custody.

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May 11, 2011

International Law
Uganda: Museveni’s Power

Police spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with coloured water during demonstrations in the capital Kampala, May 10, 2011. (James Akena/Courtesy Reuters) Uganda’s governance is on a downward spir…

Uganda: Museveni’s Power

February 22, 2011

Elections and Voting
Museveni "Wins" Uganda’s Elections

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni addresses a campaign rally at the Makerere university Freedom Square in the capital Kampala, February 14, 2011. (James Akena/Courtesy Reuters) To nobody’s surp…

Museveni "Wins" Uganda’s Elections

June 15, 2011

Uganda: Museveni and the "African Spring"

Ugandan anti-riot policemen fire coloured tear gas canisters to disperse supporters of opposition Forum for Democratic Change during a procession to welcome their leader Kizza Besigye in the capital …

Uganda: Museveni and the "African Spring"

February 17, 2022

Uganda
Torture in Uganda Prompts U.S. Introspection

The harrowing story of Kakwenza Rukirabashaija—a Ugandan writer whose tweets critical of President Yoweri Museveni and his powerful son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, landed him in detention—has made it impossible to pretend that the repression and political violence that accompanied the 2021 election cycle were temporary features of Uganda’s political landscape.

A man holds a book up to the camera with the title "The Greedy Barbarian."

March 22, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine May Drive a Wedge Between the West and Africa

The apparent reluctance of many African countries to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caught many Western governments, diplomatic experts, and observers of Africa’s international relations by surprise. Although twenty-eight African countries voted in favor of the March 2, 2022, UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” notably, seventeen African nations abstained while no votes were recorded from another eight. Unsurprisingly, Eritrea, whose leader Isaias Afwerki enjoys a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and who has long staked out an anti-Western diplomatic stance, joined Belarus, North Korea, Russia, and Syria in voting against the resolution. In total, 141 (out of 194) UN member states endorsed the resolution.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations wearing a red jacket speaks into a microphone while seated at the United Nations.