Jamie Shea

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Jamie Shea (Born 11 September 1953 in London) is a former British journalist turned NATO propagandist. He later became Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General responsible for advising and assisting the Secretary General, senior NATO management, and the Council in addressing strategic issues facing the Alliance.[1]Shea was a participant at the Neocon International gathering in Prague (The Democracy & Security International Conference).[2]


  • D.Phil. In Modern History from Oxford University (Lincoln College) 1981.
  • Thesis: "European Intellectuals and the Great War 1914-1918".
  • B.A. Hons. In Modern History and French from Sussex University 1977; First Class.


Previous NATO positions

  • April 2003 - Aug. 2005 Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations, Public Diplomacy Division
  • Oct. 2000 - Mar. 2003 Director of Information and Press
  • July 1993 -Sep. 2000 Spokesman of NATO and Deputy Director of Information and Press.
  • Jan. 1991 - July 1993 Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer, Policy Planning Unit and Multilateral Affairs Section of the Political Directorate, NATO. Speechwriter to the Secretary General of NATO. Drafter of NATO Ministerial communiqués and policy planning of Ministerial meetings.
  • Nov. 1988 - Jan. 1991 Assistant to the Secretary General of NATO for Special Projects; most notably speechwriting, ghostwriting of articles, press releases, book chapters and official communiqués; advising Secretary General on political and military issues and on his public communications strategy.
  • Feb. 1985 - Nov. 1988 Head of External Relations Conferences and Seminars.
  • Sep. 1982 - Feb. 1985 Head of Youth Programmes.
  • Oct. 1980 - Sep. 1982 Administrator in Council Operations Section of Executive Secretariat.

External, academic positions

  • Professor, Collège d’Europe, Bruges
  • Lecturer, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent
  • Associate Professor of International Relations, American University, Washington DC; Director of the Brussels Overseas Study Programme
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of International Relations, James Madison College, Michigan State University - Director of the MSU Summer School in Brussels.

Regular lecturer on NATO and European security affairs at the following institutions:

Shea says he is a 'frequent participant in major international conferences dealing with foreign policy and security issues',[3]including Ditchley Park, Wilton Park, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, EU Security Studies Institute, International Institute of Strategic Studies and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, as well as many others in Western and Eastern Europe, North America and Asia.External examiner, candidates for PhD degree, Department of War Studies, Kings College, University of London.



  1. NATO Jamie Shea, accessed 28 February 2009
  2. Democracy and Security International Conference, List of Participants, Accessed 25-February-2009
  3. NATO Jamie Shea, Dated 8 February 2008, retrieved from the Internet Archive 28 February 2009