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

  • August 23, 2016
    Read the Publication (PDF) While numerous American public, private, philanthropic, scientific, and academic organizations are addressing water challenges the world over, there is no explicit strategy binding their diverse activities together into a coherent whole. This is an unfortunate situation,
  • August 04, 2016
    In mid-July, the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) conducted a research trip to Colorado, visiting Boulder, Denver, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden. The trip was part of the Future of American Technological Leadership project with Qualcomm, which
  • July 13, 2016
    On June 22, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative hosted a discussion on “Cities in an Age of Insecurity” ahead of the United Nation’s Habitat III Conference in October 2016 and at a time when cities face increasing transnational
  • June 16, 2016
    In early June, Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) staff conducted a research trip to Madison, Wisconsin, as part of The Future of American Technological Leadership, a new project with Qualcomm to investigate American innovation in the technology sector. The Madison visit
  • April 22, 2016
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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.