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A roundtable discussion on Uganda's political evolution with Joel Barkan, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa and Johnnie Carson, Senior Vice-President of the National Defense University. The Program, "Uganda: An African ‘Success' Past its Prime?" addressed the mounting controversy, both inside and outside of Uganda, about the country's long-term political and economic prospects.

The discussion examined Ugandan political, social and economic trends since the 2001 presidential elections, and the ongoing debate over such issues as the continuing war in northern Uganda, accusations of increasing high-level corruption, the outlook for multi-party democracy in Uganda, and President Museveni's possible bid for a third term.

Joel Barkan is professor of political science at the University of Iowa, and a former fellow at the Wilson Center. He is a specialist on the politics of East Africa and served as the first regional democracy and governance advisor for USAID. He has consulted on democracy and governance issues in Anglophone Africa for numerous international organizations and is a former fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Johnnie Carson is Senior Vice President of the National Defense University. Prior to joining the National Defense University, he served as the State Department's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, as Ambassador to Uganda, Ambassador to Kenya, and Ambassador to Zimbabwe.