Mathew J. Burrows

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative

Burrows Matthew

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Emerging technologies in defense and NatSec, Global Trends, Non-traditional Threats, Urbanization, Urbanization


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  • August 11, 2015
    Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow Robert A. Manning and Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew J. Burrows write for Nikkei Asian Review on how a changing balance between the United States, Russia, and China is reshaping the world order:
  • May 22, 2015
    Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew Burrows and Strategic Foresight Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Maria J. Stephan write for open Democracy on the rise of authoritarianism and the decline of democracy:
  • May 12, 2015
    White House spinmeisters were in full damage-control mode Monday after Saudi Arabia announced that King Salman would not be attending a Camp David summit expressly arranged to reassure him and other U.S. Arab allies that an impending nuclear agreement with
  • May 06, 2015
    Recent news reports of the Saudis burning through their foreign currency reserves at record pace over the past couple months. Combined with the growing conflict in Yemen and an already heavy engagement in Syria begs questions about the future of
  • April 30, 2015
    The Washington establishment is unprepared for the technological and geopolitical risks of the future, America is losing influence around the world—and while the United States is still indispensable as a superpower, there’s debate on whether it ought to remain so.
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Full Bio

Dr. Mathew J. Burrows serves as the Director of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He was appointed Counselor to the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in 2007 and Director of the Analysis and Production Staff (APS) in 2010. As Director of APS, Burrows was responsible for managing a staff of senior analysts and production technicians who guide and shepherd all NIC products from inception to dissemination. He was the principal drafter for the NIC publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, which received widespread recognition and praise in the international media and among academics and think tanks. In 2005, he was asked to set up and direct the NIC's new Long Range Analysis Unit, which is now known as the Strategic Futures Group.

Burrows joined the CIA in 1986, where he served as Analyst for the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), covering Western Europe, including the development of European institutions such as the European Union. From 1998 to 1999 he was the first holder of the Intelligence Community Fellowship and served at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Other previous positions included assignments as Special Assistant to the US UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (1999-2001) and Deputy National Security Advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill (2001-02). He is a member of the DI's Senior Analyst Service.

Burrows graduated from Wesleyan University in 1976 and received a PhD in European history from Cambridge University, England in 1983.