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Ledio Cakaj

Researcher and Writer

Beloved – Aimee’s Story

She was “the most beautiful girl in the world,” “shy and smiley,” and “a fierce commander,” according to various accounts. It feels difficult reconciling these statements with all other descriptions of ‘Aimee, the Congolese,’ the small-bodied young girl with a... Continue Reading →

Seven Reasons for Joseph Kony’s Survival

The withdrawal of US and Ugandan forces pursuing rebel leader Joseph Kony in Central Africa raised the question of how the Lord’s Resistance Army leader has eluded capture for three decades. Based on almost a decade of experience researching the... Continue Reading →

New Cover for South African Book Version Leaked!

Here is the cover jacket for the South African edition of When the Walking Defeats You to be published by HSRC Press under their Best Read imprint, in late August, 2017. To be distributed in South Africa only. Still figuring out how... Continue Reading →

Book review and my Q&A in the Washington Post

Here is my Q&A (and book review) with Professor Laura Seay in Washington Post's Monkey Cage. I am grateful to Professor Seay for reading and reviewing the book as well as her thoughtful questions and comments. She later tweeted about... Continue Reading →

My report on poaching and trafficking of wildlife in central Africa

A report on wildlife poaching and trafficking in Congo, South Sudan and Uganda, I researched and wrote months ago is finally out! I travelled to Congo's Garamba Park, South Sudan's Juba and various places in Uganda (as well as some... Continue Reading →

My profile in the Princeton Alumni Weekly

PAW editors were kind enough to run a nice profile of myself and the book. Probably one of the most personal interviews I have given so far. Can be accessed here.

My Foreign Policy article on the US military mission in Central Africa

I was in Kampala when American military planners came to talk about how to deal with the LRA and Kony. There was a belief that the military mission the US army was about to embark on in Central Africa was... Continue Reading →

My article on Foreign Affairs on the US withdrawal from Central Africa

I co-wrote an article with Kristof Titeca for Foreign Affairs about the US military mission against the LRA and what the US and Ugandan withdrawal means for the region. We concluded: "The success of campaigns against groups like the LRA... Continue Reading →

Book listed on the Fourth Annual TMC African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular!

  Happy to announce that When the Walking Defeats You was included in the list of Washington Post's The Monkey Cage Summer Reading List.. Full review to appear on 21 July.

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