Joseph Kony: The Lord’s Resistance Army
In recent weeks, a far-reaching media campaign by the California-based NGO, Invisible Children, thrust Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony out of relative obscurity in the West into the public spotlight. Although The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) ceased major operations in Uganda in 2009, Kony, its enigmatic leader is still at-large today. The Jamestown Foundation has written extensively about Kony and the actions of the LRA in Uganda and Central-East Africa over the past several years.
In an effort to provide critical analysis of key leadership figures of global militant groups, Jamestown published Rebellion Without Reason: The Strange Survival of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army by Andrew McGregor in its November 2011 issue of Militant Leadership Monitor.
This piece profiled the efforts of U.S. President Barack Obama to aid Central African campaigns to destroy the LRA, the history of the LRA movement in northern Uganda, the LRA’s ties to the Acholi tribe and Joseph Kony‘s tactics, which include mystical Christian extremism.
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Previous Jamestown Articles on the Lord’s Resistance Army, available for free on our website, include:
Opposition Claims Ugandan Government Manipulating Terrorist Threat, Terrorism Monitor, September 15, 2011
Surrendered Commander Says Lord’s Resistance Army Sponsored by Khartoum, Terrorism Monitor, November 25, 2009
Cracks Begin To Show in the Lord’s Resistance Army, Terrorism Monitor, November 13, 2009
Is Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army Operating in Darfur?, Terrorism Monitor, October 23, 2009
South Sudanese Military Vows to Destroy the Lord’s Resistance Army, Terrorism Monitor, September 10, 2009
Leadership Bloodbath Marks Failure of Uganda’s LRA to Sign Peace Treaty, Terrorism Focus , April 16, 2008