Juan Velez

Associate Professor of Communication

Dr. Federico VĂ©lez is an associate professor of international relations at the American University of Kuwait. He holds a B.A. in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, and a M.A.L.D. and P.H. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He works at the intersection of diplomatic history and international relations with a focus on the Middle East and Latin America.  He is the author of the monography, “Latin American Revolutionaries and the Arab World,” a book that explores the construction of south-south connections during the Cold War. He has also published several articles on diplomatic history, narratives of power, and the construction of images of the Arab World in Latin America.
 
He is the director of General Education at the American University of Kuwait, where he teaches in the Department of International Relations. With a career that expands over twenty years, he has been the founding director of the Master’s in Diplomacy and International Affairs at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, and associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences. Before coming to the Middle East, he was a fellow at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University and taught at different universities in the Boston area.