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.
Veliotes was born in Oakland, California, on October 28, 1928. He had an older brother, the 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, Berkeley (B.A., 1952; M.A., 1954) where he played football and rugby.
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.
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.
Post-Foreign Service career
In May 1986, Veliotes became President of the Association of American Publishers and retired as President Emeritus in June 1997. He is also a member of the Middle East Institute, Foundation for Middle East Peace, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Veliotes has received the Glen T. Seaborg Award (the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award for former Cal 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.
|Position||Host country or organization||Year|
|Consular Officer||Naples, Rome||1955 to 1957|
|Economic Officer||Rome, Rome||1957 to 1959|
|Secretariat and Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs||U.S.||1962 to 1964|
|Political Officer||New Delhi, India||1964 to 1966|
|Political Officer||Vientiane, Laos||1966 to 1969|
|Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State||U.S.||1970 to 1973|
|Deputy Chief of Mission||Tel Aviv, Israel||1973 to 1976|
|U.S. Ambassador||Amman, Jordan||1978 to 1981|
|Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and the Near East||U.S.||1981 to 1984|
|U.S. Ambassador||Cairo, Egypt||1984 to 1986|
Harold H. Saunders
| Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
May 21, 1981 – October 27, 1983
Richard W. Murphy
Thomas R. Pickering
| United States Ambassador to Jordan
August 10, 1981–August 5, 1984
Richard Noyes Viets
Alfred L. Atherton, Jr.
| United States Ambassador to Egypt
Frank G. Wisner