Luka Biong Deng Kuol is an External Associate at PRIO.

Luka Biong Deng Kuol

PRIO Global Fellow

Research Interests

  • ​Sudan and South Sudan
  • Post-conflict and transition situations, including legitimacy, economic governance, fragility, natural resources, nation- and statebuilding, and transitional justice

Luka Biong Deng Kuol (PhD) is the Acting Dean and a Professor of Practice at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) at US National Defense University in Washington and a faculty lead of three academic programs: National Security Strategy Development (NSSD) in Africa, Managing Security Resources in Africa (MSRA) and Emerging Security Sector Leaders (ESSL) in Africa. He is also Associate Professor of economics at University of Juba, South Sudan, a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and a fellow at Rift Valley Institute. He was a resident fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, former director of Institute for Peace, Development and Security Studies at University of Juba. He served as a minister of presidency of Southern Sudan and a national minister of Cabinet Affairs of Sudan during the 2005 Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement until he resigned in 2011. He also worked as a member of teaching staff at the Faculty of Economics and Rural Development at the University of Gezira, Sudan, a senior economist for the World Bank in Southern Sudan and a founding member of the New Sudan Center for Statistics and Evaluation (currently South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics). He received his PhD from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK and earned a Master of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and Bachelor of Science from Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Khartoum, Sudan. He has published scholarly articles in a wide array of prestigious international journals and contributed with many peer-reviewed chapters in various books. He is a co-editor of a book entitled The Struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of Security and State Formation and co-editor of a book entitled Abyei: Between Two Sudans. He serves as a member of editorial board of Disasters journal.

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