In July 2011, South Sudan became the newest nation on our planet. But it was a long struggle for independence and the challenges will continue. South Sudan Ambassador to the United States Akec Khoc tells the story of South Sudan’s formation and what happens next.

Due to his remarkable background in international affairs, and upon the establishment of the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in the United States, Ambassador Akec was appointed as the first ambassador, making history in May 2012. In this capacity he and the Embassy staff hope to enhance the bilateral diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Sudan and the United States of America.