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 in 1955, Johnson in 1965 and Clinton in 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 story Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America, 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 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, U.S. Army Commander’s Award, Anne Frank Lifetime Achievement Award, and Brazilian Academy of Art, Culture and History Honors.