Militarization, the State and Society in Uganda
Start of the project: 2008
Uganda is one of the African countries that has experienced a series of insurgencies and sequential protracted conflicts. There has never been smooth transition of power from one president to another. Power has only been transferred either through coups or protracted civil wars. The use of the military in determining political decisions is perceived as a major factor that has a bearing on the conflict dynamics. Therefore this PhD project explores the intimate relationship between the military and the state and how this relationship has affected the Ugandan society and the capacity of the state itself. Capacity here is defined as the state’s ability to implement strategies to achieve its economic, political, or social goals in society. In the context of this study militarization means the process through which the military is used to violently solve political contradictions, for gaining power and retaining power. After considering the history, reviewing the literature, and analyzing the Ugandan situation through the lens of pertinent schools of thought, the study will develop an analytical framework of a detailed criterion for militarization in regard to contemporary politics in general and describe how specifically militarization has affected the capacity of the state in Uganda and its society.