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Debating Ideas is a new section that aims to reflect the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing engaged, often radical, scholarship, original and activist writing from within the African continent and beyond. It will offer debates and engagements, contexts and controversies, and reviews and responses flowing from the African Arguments books.


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 the World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. This third episode of the biweekly podcast was first published on the World Peace Foundation’s blog: Reinventing Peace

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.”


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.

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.

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.

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