Peter Engelke

Resident Senior Fellow, Strategic Foresight Initiative

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Global Trends, Innovation, Transatlantic Relations, Urbanization, Urbanization


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  • March 22, 2017
    Read the Publication Fresh water is fundamental to human health, social development, peace, and economic growth everywhere in the world. Yet in a great many places, and for a great many people, clean freshwater is scarce. Current trends on both
  • March 01, 2017
    Our world is changing, and quickly. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Arctic region. For decades, Arctic sea ice has been shrinking, the result of higher temperatures driven by climate change. So too has Greenland’s ice sheet, for
  • February 01, 2017
    Read the Publication A region in flux, the Mediterranean of today–and tomorrow–faces an array of complex challenges. Demographic shifts, evolving political and security contexts, economic uncertainty, and climate change have created massive migration flows and regional instability, straining resources in
  • November 29, 2016
    In the midst of a crucial transition period, Latin American governments must consider political, economic, and social challenges through the lens of strategic foresight in order to best prepare for the region’s future, said Jason Marczak, director of the Latin
  • November 18, 2016
    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council Strategy Initiative within the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security launched in 2015 to provide a blueprint for the next administration as it confronts the myriad global challenges facing the world today. As the Trump
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Full Bio

Peter Engelke is a resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, which aims to enhance analysis and policymaking through understanding future challenges and opportunities at global scale. His work involves identifying and assessing long-range trends, connecting them to current challenges, and designing innovative strategic responses for policymakers and thought leaders in Washington and beyond. Dr. Engelke’s project work at the Council examines how trends in demography, technology, economy, and geopolitics are shaping US national security and the transatlantic alliance, how rapid global urbanization is shifting the global governance challenge for foreign and security policymakers, how technological changes are altering labor markets in Europe and the United States, and how global trends are affecting food, water, and energy security in Africa and the Atlantic basin.     

Dr. Engelke previously was a visiting fellow at the Stimson Center, where his work linked environmental change with global security challenges. Formerly, he was on the research faculty at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he authored his first book, a study of public health and urban form. He is also a former Bosch fellow with the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart, Germany.

Dr. Engelke received a PhD in history from Georgetown University in 2011. While there, he coauthored his second book (forthcoming), a global environmental history from 1945 to 2013. He holds additional graduate degrees from Indiana University, the University of Maryland, and from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.