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Mark D. Siljander

American politician

1951   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Western Michigan University
occupation: politician
position held: United States representative, member of the Michigan House of Representatives

Mark Deli Siljander (born June 11, 1951) is a former Republican U.S. Congressman from the state of Michigan and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (alt rep). He is the author of A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman's Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide, published by HarperCollins. It was an Amazon best seller and won the 2009 Silver Nautilus Award. Siljander recounts his journey of discovery and transformation starting as a young Evangelical and Cold War-era Hawk to eventually become a trailblazing peacemaker, both pre and post-9/11, especially between Muslims and Christians in countries such as Libya, Iraq, Sudan and the Central African Republic, among others. His book, which chronicles these quiet peacemaking efforts, was endorsed by a diverse group of political and religious leaders including the then sitting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, Democrats and Republicans alike including Congressman and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Tony Hall (D-OH) and an Iranian Ayatollah, Dr. Ahmad Iravani. Former Secretary of State James Baker endorsed Siljander's book saying that it was "a blueprint for breaking this logjam of dissension that contributes to so much [religious] conflict today."
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