Frances G. Burwell

Vice President, European Union and Special Initiatives


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Expertise

Topics

EU, TTIP, Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign Policy

Regions

Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Europe, Western Europe

Languages

English


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Recent Activity

  • April 18, 2017
    British Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprise decision to call for a snap general election is a powerful admission by her government that Brexit will not be an easy process.  The next United Kingdom (UK) general election had been scheduled for
  • March 30, 2017
    The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) has strengthened solidarity among the bloc’s other twenty-seven member states, David O’Sullivan, the EU’s ambassador to the United States, said at the Atlantic Council on March 29. “The debate around
  • March 29, 2017
    Read the Publication (PDF)Sixty years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, Europe faces its greatest challenges, and possibly its sharpest turning point, since World War II. The spectrum of possible futures for Europe is wide, encompassing everything from
  • March 17, 2017
  • March 16, 2017
    German chancellor’s visit to Washington puts focus on US-German, US-European relationships, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a tough re-election battle in September and a meeting with US President Donald J. Trump is perhaps not the
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Full Bio

Frances G. Burwell is vice president, European Union and special initiatives, at the Atlantic Council. She has served as director of the Council’s Program on Transatlantic Relations, and as interim director of the Global Business and Economics Program.

Her work focuses on the European Union and US-EU relations as well as a range of transatlantic economic, political, and defense issues. She is the principal US-based organizer of the Wrocław Global Forum, held annually in Poland, which is the European home of the Atlantic Council’s Freedom Awards. Among her publications are: A Transatlantic Approach to Europe’s East: Relaunching the Eastern Partnership; Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic US-EU Partnership; Rethinking the Russia Reset; and Transatlantic Leadership for a New Global Economy. She is also a frequent commentator on European politics and transatlantic relations, with interviews and op-eds appearing in the Huffington Post, Financial Times, Christian Science Monitor, al-Jazeera, BBC, and CCTV, among others.

Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Burwell was executive director of the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland and also served as founding executive director of Women In International Security, She has a doctorate from the University of Maryland, an MPhil from Oxford University, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

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