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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  • 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
  • July 06, 2015
    The “no” vote has won the day in Greece with a larger than expected majority of 61.5 percent.  Energetic campaigning by the Greek government, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, convinced the public to reject the (already expired) offer of
  • June 05, 2015
    EU official: ‘Russia recognizes that we are not looking to gain territories’ Describing Ukraine as an “international issue,” a top European Union official said June 4 that turning the country into a success story will have “huge implications for the
  • June 04, 2015
    Please join us on June 4, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a discussion with Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, on the EU's efforts to move forward after Riga and an outlook on
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Full Bio

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.