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Joze Pelayo – Summer 2017

Joze Pelayo graduated from the International Studies M.A. program in summer 2017. He is currently with the Arab Gulf States Institute (AGSIW) in Washington DC, a think tank dedicated to providing expert research and analysis of the social, economic, and political dimensions of the Gulf Arab states. Joze works on digital media, a variety of programs, and high-level research. Currently, given the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, Joze is looking at the role digital media, in particular, digital diplomacy #twitplomacy in an era of statecraft transformation and expanding foreign policy of the Arab Gulf States.

Joze is hoping to become an expert and an advocate for further GCC-Latin America relations. Knowing Arabic –having studied most of it at the UO – has been Joze’s key to view the world from a unique perspective. “Living and working in Venezuela, Lebanon, Russia, and Israel/Palestine – many of these thanks to the UO INTL program – was critical to shaping my critical perspective on many world issues, and really put a focus on the nuance of many issues facing the global community,” said Joze.

Additionally, Joze consults with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a US-based global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. When he is not engaged in work for Gallagher & Co., he is usually attending Cultural Majlis, briefings, events and roundtables focused on the Middle East, or attending conferences and networking events.

While at UO, Joze was awarded the Public Impact Fellowship, George and Conni Slape Professional Development Fellowship and had continuous GE (Graduate Employee) support during his graduate program in the UO, which made a critical difference in providing a high-level education that otherwise he says he would have never been able to afford. Despite everything he has experienced in exile from Venezuela, his U.S. education has given him a worldview that he is grateful to have today. Joze is glad that the INTL program for supported his vision of becoming an agent of change and positive action, despite the many obstacles. If you would like to hear more from Joze, he tweets very often @jozemrpelayo. You can keep up with AGSIW’s work also at @GulfStatesInst.