A Conversation with Ambassador General Mamadou Seck from Senegal

Ambassador General Mamadou Seck will speak on “Leadership, the African Union and NEPAD.”

Thursday, February 02, 2006
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
10th floor
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Ambassador Mamadou Seck was former Ambassador of Senegal to the U.S. (1993 –2002).  He was also the Senegalese General and Joint Chief of Staffs Chairman who led the first sub-Saharan army during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Prior to that, among his many duties was to broker a truce between Iran and Iraq, where he met with Saddam Hussein, and mediated Iran's relations with Senegal.

Ambassador Seck, during his tenure in Washington, worked with the Departments of State and Defense in conceptualizing the African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI), fought successfully for passage of the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (among other Africa-related measures), and earned the reputation of an effective leader in the military, as well as the diplomatic milieus.

Heralded for his military accomplishments, Seck has received decorations from France, Holland, Gabon and Senegal during his nearly twenty years of service. He was the first Senegalese to earn a Master's degree from the Air Staff College in France, and is a graduate of the French equivalent of Westpoint, Saint Cyr. Seck also holds degrees from the University of Strasbourg and the University of Dakar. He is an accomplished fighter pilot and has demonstrated capacity in strategic planning, operational management, peacekeeping, military operations and airline and aircraft operations management.

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Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 3 for $8.

James S. Coleman African Studies Center


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, USA for Africa