Conversation With Former U.N. Ambassador Sichan Siv
In 2001 Sichan Siv was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and appointed by President George W Bush as an ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006. In June 2005, Ambassador Siv represented the United States at the 60th anniversary of the U.N., in the footsteps of Presidents Truman in 1945, Eisenhower 1955, Johnson 1965 and Clinton 1995.
From 1989 to 1993, Ambassador Siv served at The White House as Deputy Assistant to President George H W Bush and at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary. He has held various positions in the private sector. The international bestselling author of the American Dream Golden Bones, he has also authored the political thriller Golden State: Love and Conflict in Hostile Lands.
Ambassador Siv holds a master of international affairs from Columbia University. He also attended the US Army War College, FBI Citizens Academy, and Air War College. He escaped Cambodia’s killing fields in 1976 and was resettled as a refugee in Connecticut with his mother’s scarf, an empty rice bag and two dollars. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the George H W Bush Award for Outstanding Public Service, DAR Americanism Medal, US Army Commander’s Award, Anne Frank Lifetime Achievement Award, and Brazilian Academy of Art, Culture and History Honors. He has been a volunteer in the Civil Air Patrol and an honorary commander of the US Air Force.