Bringing it all back home: Lessons of the Vietnam War

“I honestly am calling for the reinstatement of the national draft in my country. [..] If a country decides to go to war, it has to have a nation-wide discussion and that doesn’t… Continue reading

License to kill & unstoppable at that: Jody Williams on Killer Robots and a stalling CCW

Are autonomous Killer Robots going to change the nature of modern warfare? Not if Jody Williams succeeds with her latest campaign. But the fight is tough: as governments are stalling by encouraging slow-working, low-aiming… Continue reading

Break it or make it? New approaches to fragile states

“We presume that as a peacebuilding community, what we need to be doing is engaging more politically and ensuring that our interventions are inclusive […]. This inclusive posture is actually conflict-inducing, and it’s… Continue reading

Reintegrating former-LRA combatants after the Amnesty Act

“The Amnesty [Act]’s major limitation was the reintegration component … As a disarmament tool [the Amnesty Act] was excellent.” How were former LRA-combatants reintegrated back into society after the Amnesty Act (2000)? Mr… Continue reading

Uganda’s Amnesty Act (2000): pragmatism or forgiveness?

“What is unique with the Amnesty Act (2000) is that it was demanded by the victims … who were frustrated with the government’s inability to protect them.” The Amnesty Act (2000) fits in… Continue reading

For development’s sake? Land grabbing and the Oromo community in Ethiopia

“The concern is that the government would simply claim this land and use it without providing any kind of compensation to the farmers and pastoralists who are currently using that land.” Ethiopia has… Continue reading

Uganda’s 2016 elections: Museveni’s repressive grab on power

“The real concerns here are about how the ruling party’s dominance is going to affect the electoral landscape. […] We have raised concerns about the impact on the media, of threats and harassment… Continue reading

The ICC and alternative justice in Uganda

“Prosecution or punitive justice is just a drop in the ocean. The ICC will only play a very small part in the justice equation of northern Uganda. One of the key concerns that… Continue reading

The Case of the LRA’s Dominic Ongwen: perpetrator and victim?

“Ongweng, like all the other LRA-abducted children, was abducted at a very tender age … He was a gifted young man who could have been the best doctor, lawyer or engineer if that… Continue reading

The mismanaged war on the LRA and the involvement of the ICC

“Throughout the Juba Peace Talks, there was stiff opposition from the International Criminal Court.” “There are serious questions of state impunity versus non-state actors accountability.” Why has it proven so difficult to defeat… Continue reading

Off the grid or just as strong as in 2012? The present state of the LRA

“To the people who have experienced the brutality of the LRA, this remains a war without an end. […] Their [the LRA’s] activities continue to fluctuate; there are moments when they scale up their… Continue reading