Cécile Shea

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Security and Diplomacy

Areas of expertise: Global Security, Policy & Politics


Cécile Shea is a nonresident senior fellow on security and diplomacy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is the president of Wakaru Communications and a special advisor to the Council’s Next Generation programs.

Prior to moving to Chicago, Cecile served as a US diplomat for over two decades. She spent much of her career working on Asian issues, including as political advisor to US Marine Corps Forces Pacific, press attaché and media analysis chief at US Embassy Tokyo, senior political policy officer at US Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan, and vice consul Chiang Mai, Thailand. Cecile’s other overseas tours included US Consul General Edinburgh, Scotland and political policy officer Tel Aviv, Israel. Cecile spent a year as the foreign policy fellow in the office of former Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and was a national security affairs fellow at the Hoover Institute.

Cecile’s current research focuses on nontraditional security threats, including unemployment, economic displacement, and demographic change. She is particularly interested in how the robotics revolution will impact transportation, the labor market, and military conflict.

Cecile devotes significant time to encouraging Chicago Public Schools students to pursue careers in public service and to become engaged in the political process.

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  • Symposium: China's Rise and the US-Japan Alliance

    Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Evan Feigenbaum, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Karl Friedhoff, Marshall M. Bouton Fellow for Asia Studies; Ichiro Fujisaki, President, Nakasone Peace Institute; Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States; Tobias Harris, Fellow for Economy, Trade, and Business, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; And other participants