Peter Engelke

Resident Senior Fellow, Strategic Foresight Initiative

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Global Trends, Innovation, Transatlantic Relations, Urbanization, Urbanization


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Recent Activity

  • December 23, 2014
    AllAfrica cites an Africa Center publication, Addressing the Food, Water, and Energy Nexus: Transatlantic Perspectives and Africa's Great Chance:
  • October 03, 2014
    Globalization, urbanization, and fragmentation are reshaping the world order by diffusing power throughout the global system. In order to remain relevant, American diplomacy will require a fundamental retooling that includes a more deliberate and serious engagement with novel forces and
  • April 10, 2014
    This week, Medellin, Colombia is hosting the World Urban Forum, the 7th iteration of the United Nation's biannual conference series dedicated to the world's cities. Some 25,000 people from everywhere on Earth are gathering at "WUF7" to discuss the governance
  • February 12, 2014
    The relationship between food, water, and energy resources are shaping our world and its future, and managing the “nexus” of the interdependencies among these goods is arguably one of the most critical challenges facing policymakers in the transatlantic area. A
  • January 30, 2014
    What is the most pressing security challenge facing the world's megacities? It's their slums, write Peter Engelke and Magnus Nordenman. Today, they highlight some of the conditions that make them fertile breeding grounds for conflict and instability.
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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.