Atlantic Council

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
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Recent Activity

  • October 14, 2014
    Bloomberg quotes Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew Burrows on the threat of the Ebola virus: 
  • September 19, 2014
    "This is the closest you're going to come to seeing through the fog and making sense of the megatrends that are coming" said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO, of Mathew Burrows' latest publication, The Future Declassified: Megatrends that
  • September 16, 2014
    Join us on September 16, 2014 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a conversation with author Mathew Burrows about his new book, The Future, Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action, detailing the long-term challenges
  • September 15, 2014
    Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew Burrows joins Federal News Radio to discuss his new book, Future Declassified: Megatrends that will Undo the World Unless We Take Action: 
  • September 12, 2014
    The Scientific American cites excerpts from a new book by Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew Burrows, The Future Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action:
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Full Bio

Dr. Mathew J. Burrows serves as 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.