The Paradox of National Protection in Divided Nations


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Francis Deng, special adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

This is the 17th Annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Lectures in Ethics and Public Policy.

Francis Deng is an expert in conflict management and resolution; human rights; Sudan; and U.S.-Africa relations. In addition to his work at the U.N., he directs the Sudan Peace Support Project at the United States Institute of Peace. He also is a Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research professor of international politics, law, and society at Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Deng was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. From 1992 to 2004, he was Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons, and from 2002 to 2003 he was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He served as Human Rights Officer in the U.N. Secretariat from 1967 to 1972 and as the ambassador of the Sudan to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. He also served as the Sudan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Deng was at the Woodrow Wilson International Center as a guest scholar and as a senior research associate, after which he joined the Brookings Institution as a senior fellow. He was then appointed distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Deng is co-recipient with Roberta Cohen of the 2005 Grawemeyer Award for “Ideas Improving World Order” and the 2007 Merage Foundation American Dream Leadership Award. He also received the Rome Prize for Peace and Humanitarian Action.

He has authored and edited more than 30 books on law, conflict resolution, internal displacement, human rights, anthropology, folklore, history, and politics, and he has also written two novels on the crisis of national identity in Sudan.

This event is free and open to the public.