Counter-insurgency in the Greater North of Uganda : Understanding the auxiliary forces
Castelein, Klaas Jacob
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The central theoretical problem of this thesis is to reconstruct the process by which auxiliary forces (AFs) were organised and mobilised. In doing so, I have divided this research question into three constituent parts, which form the components of the collective action theoretical framework: discontent, mobilisation and political opportunity. These three notions permit me to explore the dynamics and identify the mechanisms of collaboration between the Government of Uganda (GoU) and the communities inhabiting Northern Uganda. Thus, I seek to establish why and how people resorted to violent defensive action against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).