Filip Velach is a career diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. In 2019, he joined the McCain Institute’s National Security & Counterterrorism program as its national security fellow for a one-year fellowship.

During his diplomatic career, Velach was chargé d’affaires in the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Afghanistan, deputy head of mission in the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Riyadh and in Sanaa, and worked in NATO HQ in the Protection of Civilians Section. He also served as Czech national delegate in CONOP (non-proliferation) Working Group of the Council of the European Union. Velach started his diplomatic work on Southern Caucasus desk of Southern Asia Department in 2006.

Velach’s professional interests include history and politics of the Middle East, counterterrorism, security policy, conventional arms proliferation and arms trade, LAWS and dual-use goods proliferation. He is primarily focused on the Arabian peninsula, Southeast Asia and non-proliferation treaties and arrangements (ATT, Wassenaar arrangement).