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.
MENASourceMay 6, 2022
Can soccer plead ignorance? A World Cup of politics is brewing for Qatar 2022.
By Joze Pelayo, Hamad Abbas
The integration of politics with the World Cup goes beyond the Russian invasion, as the choice of Qatar as the host nation invited significant backlash.
Joze Pelayo is an assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, where he assists in the management and research of a US-Arab Gulf counterterrorism cooperation initiative with broad implications for regional security; the Counterterrorism Study Group, and the China-MENA Podcast. 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, and the Palestinian Authority.
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.