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Jok Madut Jok

Monday, January 24, 2022

Topic: US Military Training of African Forces: A Source of Influence or a National Security Risk?

Dr. Jok Madut Jok is a Professor of Anthropology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University.  Dr. Jok’s areas of specialization include security, governance, democracy, and development in South Sudan and Sudan. He has also written extensively about gender, sexuality and reproductive health, humanitarian aid, ethnography of political violence, gender-based violence, and war and slavery and the politics of identity in South Sudan and Sudan.

Dr. Jok is the author of Breaking Sudan: The Search for Peace (Oneworld Publications, 2017), Sudan: Race, Religion and Violence (One World Publication, 2007), War and Slavery in Sudan (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), and Militarization, Gender and Reproductive Health in South Sudan (Edwin Mellen Press, 1998). He has also co-authored The Sudan Handbook (co-edited with J. Willis, J. Ryle and S. Baldo, James Currey, 2011).

Before joining the Maxwell School he was visiting professor of anthropology, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Linacre College.  He had also served in the government of South Sudan as undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, 2010-13.  He is the founding director of the Sudd Institute, a public policy research center.

 

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Announcements

Why is the U.S. Military Occupying Bases Across Africa?

Posted on Friday January 21

By Eric Schewe in JSTOR Daily, April 11, 2018 In recent months, many Americans have been surprised to learn that the U.S. has an extensive military presence in Africa. In recent months, many Americans have been surprised to learn that the U.S. has an extensive military presence in Africa. An intelligence snafu over fitness tracker […]

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Does US military training incubate coups in Africa? The jury is still out.

Posted on Thursday January 20

By Lee J. M. Seymour  and Theodore McLauchlin in The Conversation, September 28, 2020 Military officers overthrew Mali’s government in a coup d’état on August 18, 2020. Among the more worrying aspects of the coup is the fact that a number of the officers involved had received foreign training, most notably from the United States. In fact, this was the second […]

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Responsible Statecraft Requires Remaking America’s Foreign Relations Tool Kit

Posted on Tuesday December 14

By Gordon Adams in Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, February 25, 2021 American statecraft is in urgent need of change. The United States faces a more imposing set of international realities and challenges than any it has faced for the past 70 years, and its foreign policy institutions are poorly prepared to deal with them. […]

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Fixing US diplomacy will take more than re-arranging deck chairs – more like a new ship

Posted on Wednesday December 8

By Gordon Adams in Responsible Statecraft, February 25, 2021 President Joe Biden has now stated several times that America is “back at the table” internationally, and will be “leading with diplomacy” in an effort to “earn back our position of trusted leadership.” But our civilian institutions are not ready for the challenge of demilitarizing U.S. foreign […]

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A new world is dawning, and the US will no longer lead it

Posted on Wednesday December 8

By Gordon Adams in The Conversation, June 26, 2018 From pulling out of treaties to denigrating allies to starting trade wars, the impulsive actions of President Donald Trump are upending the international order that has been in place since the end of World War II. But even before Trump’s belligerent foreign policy positions, America had […]

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America’s Polarization Is a Foreign Policy Problem, Too

Posted on Thursday November 4

By Stephen M. Walt in Foreign Policy, March 11, 2019 Partisan Politics, one sometimes still hears, are supposed to “stop at the water’s edge.”  Domestic political quarrels might be intense and occasionally personal, but Americans are supposed to temper their disagreements and link arms when dealing with the outside world. This notion was always a […]

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A 9/11 widower refuses to succumb to hate. Can the country do the same?

Posted on Thursday September 30

By Mitchell Zuckoff, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, September 4, 2021 I’ve been living with 9/11 since the day itself, when I wrote the lead story about the attacks for this newspaper with help from numerous colleagues. Later, for a book, I spent years listening to, and sometimes crying with, hundreds of survivors, victims’ family […]

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Three Articles/Videos by Sean McFate

Posted on Wednesday September 1

Below are links to two articles and one video by Sean McFate, the Forum speaker for September 2021: Shifting the blame: How the Pentagon lost Afghanistan, The Hill, August 17, 2021.  How could Afghan security forces wholesale collapse after $83 billion have been spent to train and equip them?   To find out click here. What […]

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