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Nicholas A. Veliotes

Nicholas Alexander Veliotes (born October 28, 1928) is a former United States Foreign Service Officer and diplomat. He served as United States Ambassador to Jordan (1978–81) and Egypt (1984–86). He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and Council on Foreign Relations.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Diplomatic career 2
  • Post-Foreign Service career 3
  • Service chronology 4
  • References 5

Early life

Veliotes was born in Oakland, California, on October 28, 1928, the younger brother of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnny Otis. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and then went on to graduate from the University of California (B.A., 1952; M.A., 1954) where he played football and rugby. He later married Patricia Nolan, and they had two children together, Michael and Christopher.

Diplomatic career

Veliotes joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1955. He served as consular officer in Naples in 1955-57 and economic officer in Rome in 1957-60 before returning to the U.S. to work in the Secretariat and then in the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs from 1962 to 1964. He then served as political officer New Delhi (1964–66) and Vientiane (1966–69) before being selected as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University in 1969.

Ambassador Veliotes was Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State (1970–73), then served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Tel Aviv, returning to the Department of State as Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff (1976–77) and then Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1977–78). He was Ambassador to Jordan (1978–81) and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1981–84). He then served as Ambassador to Egypt until his retirement from the Foreign Service in April, 1986.[2][3]

Post-Foreign Service career

In May, 1986, Veliotes became football alumni), the B'nai Brith "Faith of Our Fathers" Award for contributions to peace in the Middle East, a number of Presidential and Departmental Honor Awards, and also the "Chevalier del Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" Award from the French Government for outstanding services to international publishers. He currently serves on the boards of Amideast and the American Academy of Diplomacy, as well as Chairman for the Hollings Center for International Dialogue.[4]

Service chronology

Ambassador to Egypt 1984-1986.
Nicholas A. Veliotes' Diplomatic Chronology
Position Host country or organization Year
US Foreign Service Naples, Rome 1955 to 1957
US Foreign Service Rome, Rome 1957 to 1959
US Foreign Service New Delhi, India 1964 to 1966
US Foreign Service Vientiane, Laos 1966 to 1969
US Foreign Service Tel Aviv, Israel 1973 to 1976
U.S. Ambassador Amman, Jordan 1978 to 1981
US Foreign Service U.S.A., Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs 1981 to 1984
U.S. Ambassador Cairo, Egypt 1984 to 1986


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  2. ^ NNDB Profile
  3. ^ Nomination for Ambassador
  4. ^ "The Hollings Center". 
Government offices
Preceded by
Harold H. Saunders
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
May 21, 1981 – October 27, 1983
Succeeded by
Richard W. Murphy
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas R. Pickering
United States Ambassador to Jordan
August 10, 1981–August 5, 1984
Succeeded by
Richard Noyes Viets
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