With its glamorous history, mix of European and Arab influences and its liberal, cosmopolitan culture, Beirut was once known as “the Paris of the Mideast.” But those days were long past. There was no mistaking the street where I stood: we were in the center of a war zone.
About Mark Siljander
Mark Siljander represented Michigan for 15 years, which includes three terms as a Member of the United States Congress, where he served on the International Relations Middle East Subcommittee and was Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee. He was the primary sponsor of the African Famine Relief Act and was later appointed by President Reagan as a US Ambassador (Alt. Delegate) to the United Nations in New York, where he served as a member of the Middle East and Africa Strategy Group.
Ambassador Siljander is a student of several languages and has spent over ten years studying the three Holy Books of the Abrahamic faiths. With over 27 years serving in the power circles of Washington and travel to nearly 130 countries, he has generated unique opportunities for frequent access to world leaders. These have led him to develop a unique paradigm for the peaceful resolution of conflict that has been successfully applied in several challenging areas of the globe.
Siljander received various leadership awards, including the 1996 Mohandas K. Gandhi International Peace Award and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright presented a certificate at the United Nations recognizing his “…efforts toward a more just, humane and peaceful world.”