Note: Francis M. Deng, Representative of the Secretary-General on
Internally Displaced Persons
Francis Mading Deng has served, since 1992, as the Special Representative
of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced
Persons. He is alos a distinguished Professor of Political Science
and Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the CUNY Graduate Center-Brookings
Project on Internal Displacement at the Ralph Bunche Institute for
International Studies of The Graduate Center, City University of
New York. He was born in 1938 in the Sudan, where he attended schools
in both the African-Christianized South and the Arab-Islamic North.
He graduated with LL-B (Honours) from Khartoum University and pursued
post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom and the United States,
where he obtained LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School in 1965
and 1968 respectively.
addition to academic appointments in Khartoum University and in
several universities in the United States, Dr. Deng served as Human
Rights Officer in the United Nations Secretariat, as his country's
Ambassador to Canada, the Scandinavian countries and the United
States of America, and as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
After leaving his country's foreign service in 1983, Ambassador
Deng joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
as a Guest Scholar and was subsequently invited by the Rockefeller
Brothers Fund to be the first RBF Distinguished Fellow, combining
research with giving seminars and lectures to the staff and the
trustees. He then returned to the Wilson Center as Senior Research
Associate and was concurrently appointed one of the first Jennings
Randolph Distinguished Fellows of the United States Institute of
Peace. In 1989, he joined the Brookings Institution as Senior Fellow
to establish the African Studies branch of the Foreign Policy Studies
his appointment as Special Representative by Secretary-General Boutros
Boutros-Ghali, Dr. Deng co-founded the Brookings Institution Project
on Internal Displacement, which he co-directs with Roberta Cohen.
For several years, he was a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School
where he gave seminars on Law and Nation Building. In 1996, Dr.
Deng assumed the position of Acting Chairman of the African Leadership
Forum following the imprisonment of General Olsegun Obasanjo, former
and now again Head of State of Nigeria, the founder of the Forum.
In February 2001, Dr. Deng took up his position at the Graduate
Center of the City University of New York while continuing his affiliation
as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Deng has authored or edited over twenty books in the fields of law,
resolution, forced migration, human rights, anthropology, folklore,
history and politics as well as two novels. His latest Brookings
publications include: Strategic Vision for Africa (2001 forthcoming)
co-authored with I. William Zartman; Masses in Flight: The Global
Crisis of Internal Displacement (1998) co-authored with Roberta
Cohen; The Forsaken People: Case Studies of the Internally Displaced
(1998) co-edited with Roberta Cohen; African Reckoning: A Quest
for Good Governance (1998) co-edited with Terrence Lyons; Sovereignty
as Responsibility: Conflict Management in Africa (1996) co-authored
with several scholars; War of Visions: Conflict of Identities
in the Sudan (1995); Protecting the Dispossessed: A Challenge
for the International Community (1993); The Challenges of
Famine Relief: Emergency Operations in the Sudan (1992); Conflict
Resolution in Africa (1991); Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural
Perspectives (1990). Among his earlier books is a biography
of his father, The Man Called Majok: A Biography of Power, Polygamy
and Change, published by Yale University Press in 1986. His
first book, Tradition and Modernization: A Challenge for Law
Among the Dinka of the Sudan (1971) also published by Yale University
Press, won the 1972 Herskovits Award offered annually by the African
Studies Association for the best book published the year before.
Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, co-authored
with Abdullahi An-Na'im, was the 1990 winner of the Excellence in
Publishing award sponsored by the Association of American Publishers.