From Ominous Hostility to Restored Relationships


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The study interrogates the persistence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict that ravaged Northern Uganda for over two decades, and the relevance of the integrated framework for peacebuilding (John-Paul Lederach, 1997) in transforming conflict relationships into peaceful relationships. The actors and approaches model and the timeframe dimension under the integrated framework are adopted as theoretical constructs for guiding the analysis. It is evident in literature and field findings that a combination of historical, internal and external factors conspired to fuel the conflict. The integrated framework offers overarching lenses for transforming the conflict and contributing to sustainable peace. To be more effective, it is vital to overcome factors that affected the peace processes and which underpin the limitation of the framework.

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May 2018

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Denis Musinguzi, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Governance and Peace Studies, and Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), Uganda Martyrs University. His research interest is in governance, development and peace studies.