Francis Mading Deng

Research Associate





Yale, JSD, Law


Francis M. Deng has recently been assigned the position of South Sudan's Roving Ambassador after having been the country's first Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Prior to that, he served for five years as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide at the level of Under-Secretary-General. From 1992 to 2004, he served as Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons.  His first position in the United Nations was that of Human Rights Officer in the Secretariat from 1967 to 1972 when he was appointed Sudan's Ambassador to the Nordic Countries. He was also Sudan's Ambassador to Canada and the United States of America and was also Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for five years. After leaving his Government's service, he held a series of positions in leading think tanks and universities in the United States. Dr. Deng graduated with an LLB (honors) from the University of Khartoum to which he was appointed a member of the Law Faculty and then sent abroad for post-graduate studies.  He holds an LLM and a JSD from Yale University Law School. Dr. Deng has authored and edited over thirty books in a wide variety of fields and has written two novels on the crisis of national identity in the Sudan.



Culture and Constitution-Making in South Sudan 26/02/2024
A Personal Perspective on the Ngok-Twic Conflict in Aneet 22/02/2022
Clearing the Dimming Vision of the Liberation of South Sudan: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Independence 11/07/2021
Negotiations in a Cultural Context 18/09/2017
Negotiations in a Cultural Context 14/09/2017
National Dialoque: A Critical Perspective 15/08/2017
South Sudan: A Framework for International Cooperation 14/07/2017
Abyei Dialogue: Bottom Up and Top Down 14/07/2017
The National Dialogue Strategy 05/07/2017
National Dialogue: A Policy Framework 05/07/2017


National Dialogue Steering Committee, Committee Member (2016 - )


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