The podcast series “African Voices, African Arguments” features African scholars, writers, policy makers and activists on issues of peace, justice and democracy, and is produced by World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with African Arguments and The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.

In this episode of African Voices, African Arguments, World Peace Foundation Executive Director, Alex de Waal speaks with South Sudanese scholar and activist, Jok Madut Jok on race and liberation in South Sudan.

“Your citizenship is the primary source of your inclusion as a respected member of that community, and not what you worship or the tone of your skin color.”


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Jok Maduk Jok headshot

Jok Madut Jok is a professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and co-founder of the Sudd Institute, a public policy research center based in Juba, South Sudan. He is South Sudanese and runs a school in Apuk, Gogrial State, that supports education for girls.

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Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building.


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African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion that seeks to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

The Institute for Global Leadership is an incubator of innovative ways to educate learners at all levels to understand and engage with difficult global issues. They develop new generations of effective and ethical leaders who are able and driven to comprehend complexity, reflect cultural and political nuance, and engage as responsible global citizens in anticipating and confronting the world’s most pressing problems.

Photo: New Flag, New Country\European External Action Service, July 9, 2011 CCBY-NC-ND 2.0

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2 Responses to Race and Liberation in South Sudan and the U.S: A Discussion with Jok Madut Jok

  1. JACOB JIEL AKOL says:

    A very good discussion Jok and Alex. I listened all through.

  2. I think as long as humans can “see” the superficial differences of skin color, they will react accordingly. If we were all color blind it would be a different world.

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