A panel discussion on Thursday organized by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law discussed options for U.S. policy toward Uganda, after relations were ruffled by a new Ugandan law signed in February that imposes harsh legal penalties, including life sentences, for homosexual acts. As the U.S. moves forward with its promised review of its relationship with Uganda, the question is whether the Obama administration can produce an effective response to the new law or if the U.S. will be boxed into a narrow response that feeds perceptions of American imperialism.
Washington is caught between a canny political actor in Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, on one hand, and a powerful outcry from domestic constituencies in the U.S., on the other, who want their government to push back hard to uphold universal rights. Determining just how to push back, however, is raising some tough questions about the nature—and uses—of aid. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
Sign up for two weeks of free access with your credit card. Cancel any time during the free trial and you will be charged nothing.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- Diplomatic Fallout: Nigeria, Yemen Wars Mark New Era of Ad Hoc Crisis Management
- Nile Deal Signals Regional Reset Among Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia
- Term-Limit Tensions Raise Stakes for Togo’s Presidential Ballot
- Strategic Horizons: To Fight Boko Haram and IS, Build Resilient Regional Networks
- Diplomatic Fallout: Renzi’s Blunder: Libya Role for Putin Risks Dividing West on Ukraine