AbstractInsurgency, or the attempts to overthrow the government by military and political means has long been a threat to established governments, especially since the 20th century where the technological advances in the military gave the government superiority that was difficult for the average armed civilian to match. As insurgent groups engaged in terrorism and guerrilla warfare to overthrow the state, governments have engaged counterinsurgency (COIN) tactics to defeat insurgencies. The ongoing 26-year insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda is illustrative of COIN tactics, its successes, and failures. Examination of Ugandan COIN will reveal which tactics were most effective and how others could have been implemented better. The study of Ugandan LRA COIN tactics may also yield suggestions for how to deal with other insurgencies in the region.
I am still revising my paper and I may re-edit my abstract again but I am running out of time! My paper goes to the presses this coming Saturday so I can turn it in early Monday, 26 Nov 2012. After that I have a week to prepare for my paper defense to be scheduled some time during the first two weeks of December.