Michael Hikari Cecire joined the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where he focuses on the South Caucasus and Black Sea regional affairs, as a senior policy advisor in 2021. Previously, he was an analyst at the Congressional Research Service; before that, he served as a policy advisor, strategic researcher, and Eurasia regional analyst supporting the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government agencies.
Michael also has served as an international security fellow at New America, a non-resident fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. He regularly lectures on Black Sea security at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, and is an associate at the Institute for Middle East, Central Asia, and Caucasus Studies at the University of St Andrews, where he is a doctoral researcher. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Commonwealth University.