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Author: Ashley Benner

The Hill Op-ed: Staying the Course to End the LRA

The Hill Op-ed: Staying the Course to End the LRA
Amid the security challenges in Mali, Somalia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, some individuals in the administration want to pull back the advisors. But the advisors are starting to have a transformative impact on efforts aimed at disbanding the LRA, apprehending the group’s senior leaders who are wanted by the International Criminal Court, and protecting civilians from LRA violence ...
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Intelligence Needs in the Hunt for the LRA

Intelligence Needs in the Hunt for the LRA
Current efforts to end the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, including the deployment of U.S. military advisors to East and Central Africa, are unlikely to succeed if they are not accompanied by substantial diplomatic, military, logistical, and intelligence support. This series of LRA issue briefs describes the main obstacles to success and explains what steps the United States and its partners should take in their efforts to end the LRA threat ...
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Recent Encounter with the LRA May Provide Hints about Kony’s Whereabouts

Recent Encounter with the LRA May Provide Hints about Kony’s Whereabouts
The Ugandan army, or UPDF, earlier this month had a major confrontation with the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. The location of the reported firefight is significant in that it could provide clues about where Kony is currently hiding ...
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U.N.Takes Up the LRA Issue, Identifies Key Challenges

U.N.Takes Up the LRA Issue, Identifies Key Challenges
Amid faltering efforts to end the violence caused by the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, the United Nations Security Council met last month to discuss the LRA issue. The meeting referenced many of the critical issues stymieing current efforts, and some specific plans were agreed to ...
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Congress Passes Legislation Expanding Rewards for Justice Program

Congress Passes Legislation Expanding Rewards for Justice Program
Congress has passed legislation to expand a critical initiative that would bolster efforts to arrest and bring justice to individuals wanted for committing acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes ...
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Report: Assessing Implementation of U.N. Strategy to End the LRA Conflict

Report: Assessing Implementation of U.N. Strategy to End the LRA Conflict
Today, the Enough Project joined a coalition of organizations from central Africa, the U.S., and Europe in releasing a report that assesses the implementation of the U.N. Regional Strategy developed in June to address the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, threat. Nearly six months later, progress to date in implementing the strategy has been minimal, and no clear plans to address the myriad challenges facing the strategy appear to be underway ...
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Ending the LRA

Ending the LRA
Current efforts to end the Lord’s Resistance Army, including U.S. military advisors currently deployed in East and Central Africa, are unlikely to succeed if they are not accompanied by the proper diplomatic, military, logistical, and intelligence support. This series of LRA Issue Briefs describes the main obstacles to success and explains what steps the U.S. and its partners should take in order to end the LRA as soon as possible ...
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Human Rights Watch Awards Prestigious Prize to Anti-LRA Human Rights Defender

Human Rights Watch Awards Prestigious Prize to Anti-LRA Human Rights Defender
Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch awarded its prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism to two human rights defenders from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya. Father Benoît Kinalegu, the Congolese recipient, is a priest and longtime activist working to document and end the atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and rehabilitate survivors of LRA violence ...
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What is Khartoum Hiding?

What is Khartoum Hiding?
A remark made last week by Sudan's ambassador to the United Nations is renewing suspicions that the Lord's Resistance Army is hiding in Sudan and receiving support from the Sudanese government again. Highly credible reports received by the Enough Project several days ago indicate that Kony was recently in Darfur and may still be there ...
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U.N. Strategy to End the LRA Highlights Obstacles, Requires U.S. Support

U.N. Strategy to End the LRA Highlights Obstacles, Requires U.S. Support
The United Nations has developed a strategy for addressing the crisis created by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, that highlights the obstacles constraining ongoing efforts and details five areas of strategic support. The strategy, endorsed by the U.N. Security Council, follows two weeks after the release of the secretary-general’s report on the LRA warning that current efforts are under-resourced and lack regional cooperation ...
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