President, The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, United States of America

Former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, Douglas Silliman is president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. During his thirty-five year diplomatic career, he served as US ambassador to Iraq from 2016-2019, and to Kuwait from 2014-2016. He was previously Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the State Department, Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Iraq, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara, Turkey. He also served in Jordan, Pakistan, Tunisia and Haiti. In Washington, he worked as Director for Southern European Affairs, as Lebanon Desk Officer, as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, and has worked in areas including counterterrorism and the Soviet Union.

Silliman has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach, and the W. Averell Harriman Award for Outstanding Junior Officer.

Silliman received a B.A. in political science from Baylor University, and earned an M.A. from the George Washington University. Silliman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.