Military officers, high-ranking civilian government officials and members of the diplomatic corps gathered on November 19, 2011, in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss promoting a culture of peace and development in West Africa. The Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ Senegal chapter, led by 2008 ACSS Visionary Award recipient General Lamine Cissé, sponsored the event. The Chief of Staff to Senegal’s Defense Minister M. Birane Niang led the conference, which was the first held by the country’s chapter since its July 2011 re-launch.
Academic and military experts considered how best to promote a culture of peace and development in the region and attempted to define the roles of civil society and security forces towards that objective. During his opening remarks, Cissé thanked ACSS for its constant support of the Senegalese chapter. He reminded the audience that ACSS was founded in Dakar in 1999, giving Senegal a special place in the organization’s history.
ACSS chapters throughout Africa provide a forum for community members to develop independent programs that support common defense and security interests, maintain communication with the center and in-country U.S. Embassy colleagues, and provide networking opportunities between military and civilian colleagues.
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