The Lord’s Resistance Army (lra) was and remains an enigmatic rebel group. Officially defeated and driven out of northern Uganda since about 2008, following failed peace talks brokered by the then semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS, before it became South Sudan), the lra and its long surviving commander Joseph Kony have remained at large in 2022. No longer in Uganda and posing almost no direct security threat, the lra nonetheless quickly assumed a regional presence, straddling South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the Central African Republic.

The GoSS Vice-President, Riek Machar, initiated and spearheaded the peace negotiations, dubbed “Juba Talks,” conducted intermittently between 2006 and 2008. These peace talks were not the first between the lra and the government of Uganda, but they were certainly the most promising and protracted, at least on paper and in form. Despite the power struggles and squabbles...

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