Former Deputy Chief of Mission
Douglas A. Silliman Former Deputy Chief of Mission (July 2008-July 2011)
Doug Silliman has served as Deputy Chief of Mission since July 2008. He joined the Department of State in 1984 and is a career member of Senior Foreign Service.
Mr. 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. Mr. Silliman 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.
Mr. 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 Mr. Silliman its Sinclaire Language Award in 1993 and the W. Averill Harriman Award for outstanding junior officer in 1988. Mr. Silliman speaks Turkish, Arabic and French. He is married and has two sons.