Dr. Luka Biong Deng Kuol

Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Practice for Security Studies

Dr. Luka KuolLuka Biong Deng Kuol, PhD, is an adjunct distinguished professor of African security studies and was previously the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. His areas of expertise include National Security Strategy Development and Implementation in Africa; Management of Security Resources in Africa; the Development–Security–Governance Nexus;  Post-Conflict Transitions, Peacebuilding and Statebuilding; and Livelihoods, Vulnerability, and Food Security in Africa.

Dr. Kuol is a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), a Fellow at the Rift Valley Institute, and an Associate Professor of Economics (on leave) at the University of Juba in South Sudan. He is a member of the United Nations Security Sector Advisory Council, a member of the African Security Sector Network, and a founding member of South Sudan Studies Association. He also sits on the editorial board of the Disasters Journal.

Prior to joining the Africa Center, Dr. Kuol served as a Minister of Presidential Affairs for the Government of Southern Sudan and as a National Minister of Cabinet Affairs for the Republic of Sudan. He was also the Director of the Institute of Peace, Development, and Security Studies at the University of Juba. He was also a member of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Economics and Rural Development at the University of Gezira in Sudan. He was a resident fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He has also worked as a senior economist for the World Bank in Southern Sudan.

He has published articles and book chapters in a wide array of international journals and has served as a peer reviewer for more than 15 journals. He is the lead author of the National Security Strategy Development in Africa: Toolkit for Drafting and Consultation published by the Africa Center. He is a co-editor of “The Struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of Security and State Formation,” co-editor of “Abyei: Between Two Sudans,” and author of “Confronting Civil War: Vulnerability and Resilience in South Sudan and Sudan” and “Why Does Famine Persist in Africa?”

He earned his Ph.D. from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and his M.A. in economics and Master of Business Administration from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Areas of Expertise

Food Security, Drivers of Migration, Conflict Analysis, Peace Agreements, Resilience and Vulnerability, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development, Referenda, Monitoring and Evaluation


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+1 202-685-2420

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