President al-Bashir’s Planned Visit to Juba

The Sudd Institute

Author: Jok Madut Jok

Organization: The Sudd Institute

Type: Weekly Reviews

Date: 08/11/2012


Publication Summary

This past week has seen a flurry of news in the local media, online discussions, and in many conversations among South Sudanese, all focusing on a select number of issues, including the continuing violence in Jonglei, the expulsion of United Nations human rights monitor from the country, and the increasing pain of the consequences of austerity policies in the lives of ordinary citizens of this country. However, the development most talked about this week has been the planned visit of Sudan’s president, Omer Hassan al-Bashir, to Juba, South Sudan.

This week's Weekly Digest provides the Sudd Institute's analysis on the issue.


Jok Madut Jok's Biography

Jok Madut Jok is cofounder of the Sudd Institute. Born and raised in Sudan, Jok studied in Egypt and the United States. He is trained in the anthropology of health and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Jok recently joined the Government of South Sudan as undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. He was a J. Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a fellow at the Rift Valley Institute. He is a Professor in the Department of History at Loyola Marymount University in California, from which he is on an extended leave. He has also worked in aid and development, first as a humanitarian aid worker and has been a consultant for a number of aid agencies. He is the author of three 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 Sudan. His book Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence, was published in 2007. Jok is co-editor of The Sudan Handbook, 2010.


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