But it is a daunting task, says Downie. State Department officials have told him that the nations agree Kony must be hunted down, but often they deny their allies' access to their own soil.
"This makes things very challenging for this sort of operation," says Downie.
With such a challenging task, Ogbu says there is talk on the continent that more U.S. advisers would help.
"But it will take more convincing members of the [U.S.] Congress," he says. "Anytime boots on the ground are mentioned, people get nervous. And it is not going to happen this year, let's face it. That won't happen in an election year."
The world is fixated, for the moment, on Joseph Kony. But Downie offered a word of caution.
"I wouldn't judge the success or failure of the mission on the ability to catch or kill Kony," he says. "I seriously doubt killing off Joseph Kony would kill off the LRA."