Vandenberg National Security Council

Mateo Haydar

Mateo Haydar is currently a Policy Analyst for the Western Hemisphere for the Minority Staff in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Previously, Mateo spent two years covering the Latin America and Caribbean portfolio at The Heritage Foundation. At Heritage, Mateo focused primarily on the growing activity of China, Russia, and Iran in the region, the regional network of authoritarian regimes, and other issues related to trade, foreign aid, and security. He has been cited or published by various media outlets including National Review, Fox Digital, the Daily Caller, Real Clear World, 19FortyFive, the Daily Signal, the Washington Examiner, and Voice of America. 

Before Heritage, Mateo held internships in the U.S. Congress, the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs with the Venezuela Desk, and the Hudson Institute. He is also an alum of the Alexander Hamilton Society’s Security and Strategy Seminars focusing on Russia and The Public Interest Fellowship’s Fellowship on Military History and Strategy. 

Mateo graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing an M.A. in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and grew up in Doral, Florida.