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The "Lord's Resistance Army" Wicked Problem
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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Since 2007, the military forces of Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic CAR, the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC, and the United Nations forces in the DRC have grappled with the challenge of ending the threat posed by the Lords Resistance Army LRA remnants currently hiding in the Garamba jungles. These jungles connect Uganda, DRC, South Sudan, and CAR. By hiding and operating in the Garamba, the LRA has become a common denominator for the affected countries to cooperate and coordinate their efforts. In 2005, the LRA was considerably decimated and degraded by the Ugandan Army, forcing the remnants to flee from northern Uganda. However, it is puzzling that despite the efforts by the four countries, the LRA remnants have continued to survive and wreak havoc in the DRC, CAR, and South Sudan. The four countries are, no doubt, very much concerned and have committed resources to deal with the threat. But as long as these resources are not well coordinated, the threat is likely to continue. The purpose of this research is to critically analyze the current counter-LRA strategy, identify the gaps or weak points in that strategy, and make recommendations for designing a more effective strategy for ending the conflict.
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