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Hon. Douglas A. Silliman

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U.S. Ambassador

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Employment History


  • Bachelor of Arts , Political Science
    Baylor University
  • Master of Arts , International Relations
    George Washington University
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Kuwait: Dinner with the Honorable ..., 11 Aug 2014 [cached]
Kuwait: Dinner with the Honorable Douglas A. Silliman, (new) U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait Business Council for International Understanding
KUWAIT: 8/11 Dinner with the Honorable Douglas A. Silliman, (new) U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait Email a Colleague
The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) is pleased to announce a dinner discussion in Washington, DC with:
The Honorable Douglas A. Silliman
Ambassador Silliman was confirmed to be the next Ambassador of the United States to the State of Kuwait in July 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, a position he held since 2012. Prior to that position, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey since July 2008. He joined the Department of State in 1984 and is a career member of Senior Foreign Service.
Ambassador Silliman has served as Director and Deputy Director of the State Department's Office of Southern European Affairs, as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and as the Regional Officer for the Middle East in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. He earlier served as a political officer in Islamabad, Pakistan, in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, as Lebanon Desk officer, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. He began his career as a visa officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a political officer in Tunis, Tunisia.
Ambassador Silliman received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science summa cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
He has received several awards from the Department of State, including the Secretary's Award for Public Outreach in 2007. The American Foreign Service Association gave him its Sinclaire Language Award in 1993 and the W. Averill Harriman Award for outstanding junior officer in 1988. He speaks Turkish, Arabic and French.
Press Review, 17 Oct 2005 [cached]
During a meeting with Talat by a US delegation led by Douglas Silliman, director for southern Europe at the State Department, the invitation is expected to be made.
Joy Junction - There's No Persecution but Everything's NOT Okay!, 11 Dec 2002 [cached]
Douglas Silliman, Head of the Political Section at the U.S. Embassy, said "My Muslim friends will talk to me about how Bible stories differ from the Koran and vice versa."
Silliman admitted that there are tensions, but said he had never encountered a place other than Jordan with such "incredible religious tolerance.Muslims run the country, but Christians play a very important part."
Silliman added that both Christians and Muslims see each other's religion as being a legitimate faith.
According to Silliman, Christianity is "really anchored" in Jordan.It's a place where Muslims explain Christianity and Christians explain Islam.Silliman said that sort of tolerant mind set is helped by Jordan's fairly democratic constitution.Jordan is a country where the powers of the king are circumscribed by the constitution and the country's kings have ruled with tolerance.
That is far from the norm for this troubled region.Silliman said, "When Jordanians look to their neighbors they see repression (whereas) Jordan is the best bridge between east and west."
However, while there's religious tolerance in Jordan, we shouldn't dismiss our brothers and sisters in Jordan and assume that they're doing okay.Many people, including Christians in the region, are still in desperate need of both financial and prayerful help from the American church.
US Ambassador Douglas ..., 11 Feb 2015 [cached]
US Ambassador Douglas Silliman
US Ambassador Douglas Silliman
Silliman also spoke about his experience during that time. "I was not in the war, but my wife's father was. A couple of times, his convoy got lost in storms. Fortunately, less than two months later, he and his unit returned home safely, but 286 other Americans and many more Kuwaitis never returned home," he said.
Important part He also challenged the attendees to learn how this important part of history of both nations affected their city, neighborhood, family and beloved ones. "Ask your mom, your dad, uncles, aunts, grandparents, neighbors and yes, even your professors, about their experiences during the occupation and liberation. I think you'll find it an enriching and personally fulfilling assignment that will teach you a lot about your country today. They may, like several of my friends, recall their joy at seeing Kuwaiti soldiers and US Marines raise the Kuwaiti flag over the airport when it was secured after a bloody battle," said Silliman. "I'm not surprised by how this shared experience - this trial by fire - cemented the friendship between the two countries and deepened the cultural, political, social and economic ties that are the foundation of our relationship today," he concluded
Greek News - AHEPA Forum on the US/Greece Strategic Partnership in the Balkans, 29 Nov 2005 [cached]
-Mr. Douglas Silliman, Director, Office of Southern European Affairs, U.S. Department of State
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