Uganda’s Upcoming Presidential Elections: Implications for the U.S.–Uganda Relationship

The East African nation of Uganda will elect its next president on February 18. As is sometimes the case, the United States will have to find a way during this election to remain true to its democratic principles while constructively engaging with an ally who has achieved a level of stability and economic prosperity, but who has also grown increasingly undemocratic. The U.S. should seek ways to strengthen Ugandan civil society and build a strategy for encouraging a democratic transition after President Yoweri Museveni’s eventual departure.

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