President Museveri (right) congratulates Dr. Jude Kagoro.President Museveri (right) congratulates Dr. Jude Kagoro.
Award for services to police reform in Uganda

Dr. Jude Kagoro, research associate in the DFG-funded project "Policing Africa", which is being carried out under the project management of Prof. Klaus Schlichte at InIIS, received the Golden Jubilee Medal on 6 February 2018 from the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The award is granted for Ugandan citizens for special and extraordinary achievements and is intended to honour Jude Kagoro's contributions to and support for reforms within the Ugandan police force. The laudatory speech says: "Dr. Jude Kagoro, despite his busy schedule at the University of Bremen in Germany, has dedicated time off to help in the establishment of the Police Senior Command and Staff College, guided research and tutored officers. Through his wide research on policing practices, he has not only helped in the development of Uganda Police Force but also contributed to ideology and doctrine. He has contributed enormously in several strategic meetings of the Ugandan Police, and his ideas have had a big impact.  He coordinated linkages with various international scholars and universities including the United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica, which earned Uganda Police a mention during the United Nations General Assembly in 2017.”

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Jude Kagoro: The Power Game. Organizational Politics, Intrigue and Machiavellianism in the Ugandan Police Force

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This article analyzes the complex web of the Uganda Police Force’s organizational politics configured in the relationships among individual police officers, operational structures, administrative hierarchy and sometimes stretching beyond the confines of the force. The organizational politics are characterized by different strands of relationships, but this article particularly concentrate on rivalry and intrigue, which seem opaque to “outsiders” or difficult to disentangle in detail if one is not looking at the police from “inside-out.” Based on a more than four-year ethnographic study of the police, in which the author has been immersed as both a researcher and a consultant, this paper highlights that police officers continuously foment informal alliances in their Machiavellian attempts to accumulate power, control of resources, authority, status and lucrative positions. The article does not pass judgement on the institution per say, but provides a better understanding of the internal workings of the same. It offers a magnifying glass perspective on a Ugandan interface bureaucracy not yet covered by the existing studies.

The article makes a four-dimensional scholarly contribution. First, it contributes to the existing literature on police research in Africa. Second, it broadens our perspectives on bureaucracies in general and interface bureaucracies in Africa in particular. Third, to our understanding of anthropology of state in Africa and ultimately, it contributes to the theory of organizational politics. The analysis in this article uncovers the social and cultural elements that reinforce or neutralize or frustrate state bureaucracies in their everyday exercise of duties and at the same time reveal how overarching and large scale state policies are interpreted, responded to and (re)produced in practical contexts. The insights in this paper helps us to better understand how the police works on a day-to-day basis, what influences promotions and deployments, the distribution of resources and above all comprehend the pressures, motivations and premises upon which officers make decisions.  

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Vortragsveranstaltung und Symposium anlässlich des 20jährigen Bestehens des Instituts für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien

Vor 20 Jahren wurde das Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS) an der Universität Bremen mit Unterstützung
des Senats der Freien Hansestadt Bremen gegründet.
Die damalige Idee, die beiden politikwissenschaftlichen Teildisziplinen der Internationalen Beziehungen und der Politischen
Theorie in einem Institut zusammenzuführen, hat sich als weitsichtig erwiesen. Die Forschungsthemen
und -ansätze des Instituts haben bis heute nichts von ihrer Bedeutung eingebüßt.
Gegründet von den Professoren Dr. Bernhard Peters, Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Senghaas und Dr. Michael Zürn hat das InIIS in den letzten
20 Jahren maßgeblich dazu beigetragen, dass die Politikwissenschaft heute zu den führenden Disziplinen an der Universität
Bremen gehört.

Das Programm können Sie hier als PDF herunterladen.




Politics, Military and Society Interpretation

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Militarization in Post-1986 Uganda
Politics, Military and Society Interpretation
Reihe: Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung
Bd. 58, 2015, 296 S., 34.90 EUR, 34.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90541-3


This book discusses the phenomenon of militarization in post-1986 Uganda. It takes a holistic approach to connect different facets of militarization: the social and political; the macro and micro levels; the disguised and explicit forms. On one hand, the author illustrates that the military remains a crucial factor of political processes while on the other showing how military ethos such as uniform and training are a source of symbolic capital in both politics and social spheres. Ultimately, the book shows that militarization is a bi-directional process - macro politics facilitating it from above, while social forces such as ordinary people, media, and musicians reproduce it from below.