Michael Cecire

Fellow, International Security Program

Michael Hikari Cecire is an international relations analyst and an International Security Program Fellow at New America. A Black Sea regional specialist, he has worked in a variety of political risk and public policy roles supporting U.S. national security, international economic development, and democracy promotion. Cecire is a former visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, a co-founder of the Georgian Institute of Politics in Tbilisi, and previously consulted as a policy adviser at the Ministry of Economy of Georgia.  

Currently, Cecire conducts research and writes extensively on regional security and political developments in Europe and Eurasia. His research and analyses have appeared in peer-reviewed publications, policy documents, and a variety of international outlets. Cecire was also the managing co-editor of Georgian Foreign Policy: The Quest for Sustainable Security, a policy volume published by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (2014). He also contributed a chapter to a recent book on Turkish foreign policy from Routledge (2016).

He is the Colchis columnist for bne Intellinews and frequently publishes analyses in a variety prominent U.S. and international outlets, where his comments and interviews also often appear. He is regularly consulted by the U.S. government and think tank community, and has recently given talks at the National Defense University, the Foreign Service Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Center for Global Interests, and many others.

Cecire was a Young Professional Network fellow at the Eurasia Foundation (2013-2014), and is also a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In addition, he is a co-founder and executive editor of Viewscreen Magazine, a journal of speculative policy fiction. He holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

All Work

3 Things to Know About the Trump Administration's Warning Shots on NATO

Michael Cecire wrote for the Washington Post about President Trump & NATO.

Foreign Policy in the 'Alternative Facts' Era

Trump's disregard for expertise highlights an emerging crisis for the foreign policy community.

Be the Unexpected

The US has become all too predictable, making it easier for our adversaries to probe for weaknesses.

NATO Retrenchment at Two Years: Not Working

Expansion—not retrenchment—is the more dynamic and flexible instrument for Euro-Atlantic security.

Georgia's Long-Shot Democracy

Michael Cecire wrote for Foreign Affairs about Georgia's democracy.

Georgian Democracy: An Island, Not a Beacon

Michael Cecire explains why Georgia did not lead its neighbors into democracy—and why labeling a country such does not make it so.

Georgia’s Electoral Unknowns

Michael Cecire wrote for Foreign Affairs about Georgia's election.

The West Wants Isolation. What Now for Eastern Europe?

As Donald Trump question’s NATO’s relevance, Michael Cecire writes that the region needs more than ever to present itself as serious about d

Beyond the Lobbying: Crafting U.S. Policy on Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's fancy lobbyists are getting a lot of attention these days, but Lincoln Mitchell and Michael Cecire debunk the idea that lobbyin