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dc.contributor.advisorSimons, Anna
dc.contributor.authorEaster, Jonathan R.
dc.contributor.authorHatangimana, Benon M.
dc.dateDec-17
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T20:36:58Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T20:36:58Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56909
dc.description.abstractThe government of Uganda adopted a highly effective approach to address its ethnic insurgency, now called the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA caused widespread devastation in east and central Africa from 1986–2009. The Ugandan counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign against the LRA consisted of a unique blend of direct and indirect methods, and later received assistance from the United States in the form of Operation OBSERVANT COMPASS. By incorporating broad appeals of amnesty for insurgents, local infrastructure investment, and disciplined military action, Uganda was able to solidify its legitimacy in formerly contested areas; the LRA was isolated from popular support and fled the country as a result of these efforts. Former insurgents were reintegrated into society, and the once-restive populations of northern Uganda increasingly supported the government. This reintegration and amnesty was based on traditional reconciliation ceremonies involving an oath called bending the spear, which was formerly used to join warring clans. This thesis establishes a case study of the campaign against the LRA to describe how it was waged and record lessons learned for the benefit of international security and stability professionals, government officials, scholars, and researchers.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/bendingspearcamp1094556909
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleBending the spear: the campaign against the Lord's Resistance Armyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderSweeney, T. Bruce
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorAcholien_US
dc.subject.authoradvise and assisten_US
dc.subject.authorAfrican Unionen_US
dc.subject.authorAFRICOMen_US
dc.subject.authoramnestyen_US
dc.subject.authorcentral Africaen_US
dc.subject.authorCOINen_US
dc.subject.authorDDRen_US
dc.subject.authorDRCen_US
dc.subject.authorinfluenceen_US
dc.subject.authorLRAen_US
dc.subject.authorMISOen_US
dc.subject.authorMONUSCOen_US
dc.subject.authorNGOen_US
dc.subject.authorOperation OBSERVANT COMPASSen_US
dc.subject.authorpsychological warfareen_US
dc.subject.authorPSYOPen_US
dc.subject.authorSOCOMen_US
dc.subject.authorUgandaen_US
dc.subject.authorUNen_US
dc.subject.authorUPDFen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, Uganda People's Defense Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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