P074
The Lord's Resistance Army conflict after 2006: local and regional dynamics
Convenor:
Kristof Titeca (University of Antwerp)
Chair:
Kristof Titeca
Discussant:
Mareike Schomerus
Location:
1E06
Start time:
28 June, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

After the LRA entered the DRC and CAR in late 2005, the LRA-conflict achieved a different character, both on a local, regional and international level. These dynamics have received little scholarly attention. Contributions, based on field research in the affected areas, are invited.

Long abstract:

For over twenty years, Northern Uganda has been the battleground for a conflict between the Lord's Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda, of which also Sudan was an intrinsic part. When the LRA moved into the Democratic Republic of Congo in late September 2005, and later entered the Central African Republic, this brought a whole new regional dimension to the conflict. Although the conflict receives unprecedented international attention (e.g. Kony 2012) there is little scholarly analysis of the conflict. This panel wants to address this gap, by inviting contributions based on field research. It is particularly interested in the following aspects: - Regional and geopolitical dynamics: the 'new' regionalization of the conflict has seen an increased engagement of national and international actors: not only the governments of DRC, CAR, Uganda and South Sudan, but also the African Union, MONUSCO and the US. How does the multiplication of involved actors, and their geopolitical relations, have an impact on the conflict? - Local security dynamics: Both CAR and the DRC have a multitude of armed actors on their territory. How does the LRA relate to the situation; and how does this affect the intervention of external actors? - Humanitarian response: How do all of the above factors have an impact on the humanitarian response to the conflict? - The impact of the conflict on the affected local communities. - Other contributions, based on field research in the affected areas, are also welcomed.