Atlantic Council

Frances G. Burwell

Vice President and Director, Transatlantic Relations

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EU, TTIP, Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign Policy


Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Europe, Western Europe



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Recent Activity

  • April 10, 2014
    On April 10, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program hosted an off-the-record conversation with Dr. Beate Merk, Bavaria’s minister for European and International Affairs. Dr. Fran Burwell moderated the discussion between Dr. Merk and an esteemed group of
  • April 10, 2014
    Both Europe and the United States are designing broader sets of economic sanctions against Russia over its assaults on Ukraine says the Atlantic Council's Fran Burwell. Like the Obama administration, the European Union is considering a further phase of sanctions
  • April 03, 2014
    VP and Transatlantic Relations Program Frances G. Burwell is quoted in the Telegraph on the US-UK relationship:
  • March 27, 2014
    Reuters quotes VP and Director of the Transatlantic Relations Program Frances Burwell on sticking points in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations:
  • March 24, 2014
    President Obama and his European Union colleagues will gather Wednesday in the most important meeting so far for Western governments as they decide how to respond to Russia’s egregious, illegal seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. US and European sanctions so
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Frances G. Burwell is Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations.

Her areas of expertise include US-EU relations and the development of the European Union's foreign and defense policies, and a range of transatlantic economic and political issues. She is the principal author or rapporteur of several Atlantic Council publications including Transatlantic Leadership for a New Global Economy; Transatlantic Transformation: Building a New NATO-EU Security Architecture; Law and the Lone Superpower: Rebuilding a Transatlantic Consensus on International Law; and The Post-9/11 Partnership: Transatlantic Cooperation Against Terrorism. She is the co-editor (with Ivo H. Daalder) of The United States and Europe in the Global Arena.

Prior to joining the Council, 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.