Jok Madut Jok

Senior researcher





University of California-Los Angeles, PhD, Anthropology


Jok Madut Jok is trained in the anthropology of health and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a fellow of Rift Valley Institute and Director of the Sudd Institute. Jok has held fellowship positions at a number of other institutions, including the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He also served in the Government of South Sudan as undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for three years. He has also worked in aid and development and author of four books and numerous articles covering gender, sexuality and reproductive health, humanitarian aid, ethnography of political violence, gender-based violence, war and slavery, and the politics of identity in South Sudan and Sudan. His book Breaking Sudan: The Search for Peace, was published in 2017 by OneWorld.



The Sudd Institute in 2019: Looking Ahead 20/01/2020
Sudan’s Popular Uprisings: Where South Sudan Stands 18/06/2019
South Sudan and the Collective Pain of Watching a Peace Agreement Struggle for its Life 12/02/2019
Kenya’s Crackdown on the South Sudanese 30/08/2018
Climate Change and Gender in South Sudan 01/08/2018
The militarization of cattle raiding in South Sudan: how a traditional practice became a tool for political violence 01/05/2018
Understanding the Cessation of Hostilities Agreements Violations in South Sudan 09/01/2018
The Sudd Institute in 2017 09/01/2018
The Revitalization of the ARCSS and the Prospects for Peace in South Sudan 21/11/2017
President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s Visit to Khartoum: Goals and Outcomes 14/11/2017
Development Assistance versus Humanitarian Aid: Which will Help South Sudan to Move out of its Perennial Crisis Mode 28/06/2016
South Sudan’s Transitional Government of National Unity: A Solution to the Country’s Instability or Mere Elite Pact of Self-Preservation? 30/04/2016
National Security Versus Basic Liberties: Human Rights Challenges in South Sudan 11/04/2016
The Role of Media in War and Peace in South Sudan 20/10/2015
The Creation of 28 South Sudanese States: Is It Economically and Legally Viable? 06/10/2015
The Return and Reinstatement of Former Political Detainees into the Leadership Ranks of South Sudan’s Ruling SPLM: What is its Worth? 23/06/2015
The African Union and the Botched Responsibility to Act on Behalf of South Sudan’s Victims of Conflict 17/03/2015
National Reconciliation in South Sudan: How to Translate Political Settlements into Peace in the Country 31/01/2015
Simplifying the Arusha Intra-SPLM Reunification Agreement 27/01/2015
South Sudan’s National Security Bill: Merits and Public Reactions 07/10/2014
South Sudan Retracts its Labor Regulations under Pressure 30/09/2014
South Sudan’s Crisis: Weighing the Cost of the Stalemate in the Peace Process 12/08/2014
The Release of South Sudan’s Political Detainees and the Prospects for Peace 28/04/2014
Threat of Sanctions against South Sudanese Leaders: What Implications? 15/04/2014
The 2015 National Census and Elections: An Analysis of President Kiir’s Announcements 01/02/2014
South Sudan and the Prospects for Peace Amidst Violent Political Wrangling 04/01/2014
South Sudan and the Risks of Unrest 03/12/2013
Managing Violence in Jonglei: A Test of Legitimacy and Credibility in Juba 09/11/2013
An Emerging Diplomatic Row between Uganda and South Sudan 20/09/2013
Police Service and Law Enforcement in South Sudan 06/09/2013
Sorting Out the Mayhem in Jonglei State: A Classic Security Dilemma 30/04/2013
South Sudan: Do We Have a Culture of Peace? 01/04/2013
South Sudan: A Politics of Demise or a Vision for Progress? 09/03/2013
Mapping the Sources of Conflict and Insecurity in South Sudan: Living in Fear under a Newly-Won Freedom 12/01/2013
The Recent Events in Wau: A Disaster Averted 03/01/2013
Clashes in Wau: A Testament to Fragility of Ethnic Relations in South Sudan 25/12/2012
Contextualizing the Cooperation Agreements between the Two Sudans 05/12/2012
Borders, Bombs and Sudan-South Sudan Unworkable Agreements 28/11/2012
The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: What the Outcome Means for South Sudan 13/11/2012
President al-Bashir’s Planned Visit to Juba 08/11/2012
Insecurity and Ethnic Violence in South Sudan: Existential Threats to State? 20/08/2012


The Sudd Institute, Executive Director (2012 - 2013)


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