Photograph of Lamine Cisse, General of Sengal
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of General Lamine Cissé of Senegal. General Cissé passed away on Friday, April 19, in Dakar due to illness. One of our own, General Cissé is an NDU Class of 1993 graduate. He attended both National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (renamed The Eisenhower School) when the International Fellows attended both programs during their year of study. General Cissé went on to serve as the Chief of General Staff of the Senegalese Armed Forces, the highest position possible for a military officer. After his retirement from the military, he was asked to serve as the Minister of Interior and was later named Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the Central African Republic and held additional positions serving the UN in Africa. He was inducted into the NDU International Fellows Hall of Fame in 2004 for his superior professional achievements. General Cissé was light of hope for peace and prosperity in Africa and around the world. For those fortunate enough to know him, he was a brilliant strategist and polished diplomat, a highly respected and admired ethical leader, and a genuinely kind soul. He was an active participant in NDU's Alumni Programs and most recently joined us in NDU's 2018 Alumni Continuing Education Security Seminar in Morocco last June. His countless contributions to peace and security will not be soon forgotten. We will miss him and his gentle smile.
For further information on General Cissé, please read this article by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies: https://africacenter.org/…/general-lamine-cisse-military-l…/.