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.

Publications By Joseph

Dissecting Sudan’s Coup

Dissecting Sudan’s Coup

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

By: Manal Taha;  Joseph Tucker

On October 25, Sudan’s military detained the country’s prime minister and key civilian leaders, dissolved the government and declared a state of emergency. The coup, which has put in doubt Sudan’s transition to democracy, quickly prompted protests in the streets of the capital Khartoum and other cities. Some protesters were killed after being fired on by security forces and calls for mass protests on October 30 are growing. USIP’s Joseph Tucker and Manal Taha analyze what the latest developments in Sudan mean for the country and consider the options for the United States to respond to this crisis.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Conflict Analysis & PreventionDemocracy & Governance

What Does Sudan’s New Cabinet Mean for its Transition?

What Does Sudan’s New Cabinet Mean for its Transition?

Monday, February 8, 2021

By: Joseph Tucker

The announcement on February 8 of a new Cabinet in Khartoum—the product of a peace accord signed by Sudan’s transitional government with several armed groups in October 2020 through a deal brokered by South Sudan—offers hope that the broader inclusion of political leaders can help address Sudan’s pressing challenges and create peace dividends. Unfortunately, the lengthy process of selecting new Cabinet members revealed additional fractures among both signatories to the peace deal and civilian political elements that seemingly offer competing visions for the transition and beyond.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

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