Joseph Tucker is a senior expert for the Greater Horn of Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he focuses primarily on Sudan and South Sudan.
Prior to joining the Institute, he worked at USAID for four and a half years, most recently as senior advisor for democracy, conflict, and governance in the Office of Sudan and South Sudan Programs.
In 2013, Tucker worked in Juba, South Sudan, for Deloitte Consulting as a policy and research advisor to the minister of cabinet affairs in the Government of South Sudan. From 2009-2013, he served in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan at the Department of State, including as negotiations team leader. In this position, he helped coordinate U.S. government engagement with the African Union and Governments of Sudan and South Sudan as they negotiated arrangements related to the latter’s independence. He was a member of the U.S. government observation team for Sudan’s 2010 national elections and the 2011 South Sudan referendum and has traveled widely in both countries and the region.
Earlier in his career, Tucker lived in Sudan while working on a political party capacity building program for the International Republican Institute and managed the Sudan grants program at the National Endowment for Democracy. He was also a visiting fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies.
Tucker is a recipient of Superior Honor Awards from USAID in 2018 and the Department of State in 2013, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Tucker earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree in comparative ethnic conflict from Queen’s University Belfast.
His commentary has been featured on BBC, Voice of America, and Sky News Arabia, and in Foreign Policy, The Africa Report, Devex, and Al Sudani.