Frances G. Burwell

Vice President, European Union and Special Initiatives

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EU, TTIP, Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign Policy


Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Europe, Western Europe



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  • August 21, 2015
    Greek voters will line up behind Alexis Tsipras in next election, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell Greek voters will rally behind Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who lost part of his Syriza party August 21 after he was forced by creditors
  • August 20, 2015
    Elections will produce split in ruling party, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ decision to resign and call snap elections in an attempt to shore up support for a harsh bailout package will split his leftist
  • August 14, 2015
    Vice President of European Union and Special Initiatives Frances G. Burwell joins Voice of America to discuss the implications of Serbian membership in the European Union:
  • July 14, 2015
    Nuclear agreement will have ‘strategic cost’ for US alliances in the Middle East, says Retired Adm. Stavridis The nuclear deal reached July 14 that limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief will have a significant impact on the
  • July 13, 2015
    Domestic Politics Weighed Heavily on Greek Negotiations, says Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell The terms of an agreement between Greece and its Eurozone creditors are tough, but there is an implicit recognition that austerity alone is not the answer, says the
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Frances G. Burwell is the Vice President of European Union and Special Initiatives at the Atlantic Council. 

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.