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6 years ago Mark Siljander was one of the first guests we had on the Cosmic Citizen. At the time, we interviewed Mark on his award-winning bestseller, A Deadly Misunderstanding. Mark has skillfully blended 30 years in America’s powerful political inner circles with his travels to 130 countries to grip audiences with true stories of his private interactions with political and religious leaders in hotspots of global conflict. Many of these stories are compellingly recounted in his book. His efforts to promote peace defy the assumptions of traditional diplomacy.
Mark went from being an anti-Muslim, right-wing, Christian political conservative to a pioneer of international peacemaking. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, publicly recognized his “…efforts toward a more just, humane and peaceful world.” How did he go from being the recipient of the Mohandas K. Gandhi International Peace Award in 1996 to being scapegoated as a world terrorist and sentenced to prison? Tune in to find out.
Mark’s approach has inspired many of our nation's friends – and enemies – to a new path toward peace. However, at times his approach has also violently offended the entrenched self-interests of the political, diplomatic and religious establishment. The result? Encountering personally the truth of his book’s title as he experienced his own “deadly misunderstanding,”
As you listen, perhaps you too will experience your own personal paradigm shift as Mark recounts his discovery of long-hidden linguistic and cultural common ground that connects adherents of all three major Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Trac5, is an NGO Mark founded that is committed to helping parties in conflict achieve reconciliation through the creative peacemaking model.
Please join us as we catch up with Mark's amazing journey as a peacemaker.
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