As peace talks in Juba falter and the landmark truce between the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) approaches its February 28 expiration, efforts to consolidate peace in Uganda remain on shaky ground. After a brief lull in fighting, rebel forces now appear to be planning a return to war. Urgent efforts are required – by the rebels, the Ugandan government and the international community – to construct an over-arching peace strategy that can bring an end to this two-decade long war once and for all.
Prospects for Peace in Northern Uganda is the second in a series of events sponsored by ENOUGH, a new joint initiative of the Center for American Progress and International Crisis Group. By synthesizing targeted field research and political analysis with high-level advocacy and grassroots activism, ENOUGH aims to end ongoing crimes against humanity in Darfur, northern Uganda and eastern Congo, and to prevent mass atrocity crimes from occurring in the future.
Today’s meeting is co-sponsored with the United States Institute of Peace. USIP is an independent, nonpartisan institution created and funded by Congress. It works to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and increase peacebuilding capacity.
Co-Hosted by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Betty Bigombe, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
John Prendergast, Senior Adviser, the International Crisis Group and Co-Founder of ENOUGH
Michael Poffenberger, Executive Director of Resolve Uganda
Gayle Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and Co-Founder of ENOUGH