Mathew J. Burrows
Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative
TopicsEmerging technologies in defense and NatSec, Global Trends, Non-traditional Threats, Urbanization
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August 21, 2014Strategic Foresight Director Mathew J. Burrows and his forthcoming book, The Future, Declassified, are mentioned in the American Interest:
August 20, 2014Strategic Foresight Initiative Director Mathew J. Burrows writes in The Huffinton Post, with Alidad Mafinezam, about the importance of embracing diversity in America to ensure its long-term strength:
August 18, 2014At the onset of the Arab Spring, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the foundations of the Middle East risked "sinking into the sand" of unrest and extremism. Three years later, the region is still in a period ofâ€¦
August 12, 2014Strategic Foresight Initiative director Mathew Burrows writes for US News & World Report on the return of authoritarianism to governments across the Middle East:
June 24, 2014As 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.â€¦
Full BioDr. 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.