Atlantic Council

Mathew J. Burrows

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative

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

  • June 24, 2014
    As Paul Saffo, a senior fellow with the Brent Scowcroft Center and noted futurist, said, we have moved on from a consumer economy to a creative economy where makers and doers produce high economic and societal value with original ideas.
  • June 10, 2014
    Insurance Journal quotes Director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative, a division of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Mathew Burrows, on the challenges to managing risks in the digital age:
  • March 05, 2014
    On March 4, the US Department of Defense released its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the blueprint for defense spending and defense strategy over the course of the next four years. All eyes in Washington DC and beyond were on the
  • December 17, 2013
    The future of global development is dependent on connecting people with diverse expertise and making futures analysis at the policy level implementable on the ground, concluded a panel of experts speaking at the Atlantic Council on December 17 for a
  • December 09, 2013
    "...Once it may have been hard to buy the swift collapse of order that is made palpably real in 'Contagion,' if Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath had not already set the stage. ..Yet what's really scary in "Contagion" is how fast once-humming
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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.