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Issue briefs and reports Oct 20, 2020
Improving counterterrorism and law enforcement cooperation between the United States and the Arab Gulf States
By Thomas S. Warrick, Joze Pelayo
Thomas S. Warrick and Joze Pelayo present recommendations to improve and increase cooperation in civilian counterterrorism, law enforcement, border security, and aviation security between the United States and the Arab countries of the Gulf.
MENASource Mar 4, 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine impacts the Middle East too
By Bat Chen Druyan Feldman and Joze Pelayo
Together with Russia's strategic importance to Iran, this anti-American approach, which is very prominent in Iranian leadership and affects its foreign policy, will continue to play an essential role in the Iranian reaction to the war in Ukraine.
MENASourceApr 21, 2023
How WhatsApp upended Middle East diplomacy—and what the US can learn from it
By Joze Pelayo, Yulia Shalomov
In WhatsApp’s encrypted channels, diplomats feel freer to form and participate in groups where they privately share resources, coordinate meetings, strategize with colleagues, create informal alliances, lobby for their country’s positions, and coordinate policy decisions.
MENASourceApr 5, 2023
China is getting comfortable with the Gulf Cooperation Council. The West must pragmatically adapt to its growing regional influence.
By Joseph Webster, Joze Pelayo
The US and its allies and partners must pragmatically adapt to China’s growing regional influence by providing credible alternatives to Beijing.
Joze Pelayo is an assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, where he assists in managing the China-MENA Podcast and the US-Gulf Arab states security cooperation portfolio with broad implications for regional and national security, including the Counterterrorism Study Group. Pelayo’s research focus includes transnational threats, Hezbollah, and international security. Pelayo has both living and working experience across the region and beyond.
Prior to joining the council, Pelayo worked for the Arab Gulf States Institute, where he supported programming and digital media and conducted an independent research project on Iran and Hezbollah’s transnational network. He also led a research project on Arab Gulf-Latin America economic relations and partnerships. Previously, Pelayo worked at the Arab Center Washington DC, where he researched US foreign policy towards MENA during the Arab Spring. He has gained prior working and internship experience in Lebanon, Russia, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the UAE.
Pelayo is also a scholarship awardee of advanced Arabic at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center in Washington DC and an alumn of the National Council of US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR). As an enthusiast of the arts and society scene in the Gulf and the broader Middle East, he also helps lead the efforts of the DC Cultural Majlis. He completed his MA in International Development from the University of Oregon with a certificate in Nonprofit Management and a BA in Political Science from Southern Arkansas University.