One of Africa’s smallest countries, famed for its natural beauty and its mountain gorillas, Uganda is also a country struggling to find its place in Africa and the world. Emerging from the brutal eight-year military dictatorship of Idi Amin in 1979, it was as quickly as 1986 that the state fell under the spell of another charismatic autocrat who remains in power to this day. There has been little progress on economic or social issues, and Uganda is now pitching ‘all-in’ on oil at a time when most other states are concentrating on diversifying. It all adds up to a fractious, contentious, and contradictory marketplace that poses a very specific range of threats.
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