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Belén Fernández

Mutual Opportunism in Ugandan–Israeli Relations

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a 2011 meeting. Image from Office of the Israeli Prime MIninister.]

Israel’s relations with Uganda over the past five-plus decades epitomize how military ties and business investments ebb and flow with the currents of regional politics. These are halcyon days for mutual opportunism in Israeli-Ugandan relations.  In some ways, the cooperative present harkens back to the early 1960s. In that decade of African independence, Israel was eager to win friends and influence economics on the continent. According to Arye Oded, a former Israeli ...

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Belén Fernández


Belén Fernández is the author of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work, released by Verso in 2011. She writes regularly for Al Jazeera English and is a member of the Jacobin Magazine editorial board. Her articles have appeared in the London Review of Books blog, Salon, The Baffler, Al Akhbar English and other publications.