Mathew J. Burrows
Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative
TopicsEmerging technologies in defense and NatSec, Global Trends, Non-traditional Threats, Urbanization, Urbanization
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April 14, 2015New volume examines how authoritarian regimes have become smarter The late Samuel Huntington, a Harvard political scientist, famously talked about democratization as a series of wave motions forward and backward. Scholars label the burst of democratization in Latin America, Asia,…
April 07, 2015Bloomberg Business quotes Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew Burrows on US reaction to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank:
January 12, 2015Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew Burrows writes for the Swedish Institute on International Affairs on what kind of world we can expect in the future:
December 16, 2014Bloomberg quotes Africa Center J. Peter Pham, VP and Scowcroft Center Barry Pavel, and Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew Burrows on the world hot spots that could flare in 2015:
December 09, 2014Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew Burrows writse for War on the Rocks on why fiction is key to understanding a different future:
Full BioDr. 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 Adviser 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.