Frances G. Burwell

Distinguished Fellow, Future Europe Initiative


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Expertise

Topics

EU, TTIP, Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign Policy

Regions

Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Europe, Western Europe

Languages

English


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Recent Activity

  • January 29, 2019
    The UK Parliament on January 29 endorsed a provision that would empower British Prime Minister Theresa May to renegotiate her Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union in order to come up with “alternative arrangements” that could break the gridlock over
  • January 24, 2019
    It is time for the European Union to rethink its approach to the Brexit negotiations.  Unable to reach consensus, Britain is sliding toward a “no deal” scenario, which will be damaging for everyone, including the twenty-seven EU member states (EU27).
  • November 14, 2018
    British Prime Minister Theresa May said on November 14 that her Cabinet had agreed to a draft Brexit agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU). Following a five-hour meeting with her Cabinet ministers in London, May said
  • November 07, 2018
    Democrats captured the House of Representatives while Republicans strengthened their Senate majority in the US midterm elections on November 6. We asked our analysts what they believe are the policy implications of this outcome. Here’s what they had to say*:
  • October 29, 2018
    German chancellor to step down from party leadership in December, give up chancellorship in 2021 Germany’s Angela Merkel, viewed by many as a staunch defender of the liberal world order and a bulwark against the rising tide of populism in Europe, has decided to step down as leader of the
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Full Bio

Frances G. Burwell is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and a senior adviser at McLarty Associates. Until January 2017, she served as vice president, European Union and Special Initiatives, at the Council. She has served as director of the Council’s Program on Transatlantic Relations, and as interim director of the Global Business and Economics Program, and currently directs the Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative. Her work focuses on the European Union and US-EU relations as well as a range of transatlantic economic, political, and defense issues. She was the principal US-based organizer of the Wrocław Global Forum, held annually in Poland, which is the European home of the Atlantic Council’s Freedom Awards. Her most recent report is Making America First in the Digital Economy: The Case for Engaging Europe (2018). Among her other publications are: After Brexit: Alternate Forms of Brexit and their Implications (co-authored); Europe in 2022: Alternative Futures (co-authored with Mathew Burrows); A Transatlantic Approach to Europe’s East: Relaunching the Eastern Partnership; Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic US-EU Partnership; Rethinking the Russia Reset; and Transatlantic Leadership for a New Global Economy. She was the principal US-based organizer of the Wrocław Global Forum, held annually during 2010 to 2016 in Poland. She is also a frequent commentator on European politics and transatlantic relations, with interviews and op-eds appearing in the Huffington Post, Handelsblatt Global Edition, Financial Times, al-Jazeera, BBC, National Public Radio, CNBC, CCTV, among others. Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Burwell was executive director of the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland and also served as founding executive director of Women In International Security. She has a doctorate from the University of Maryland, an M. Phil from Oxford University, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

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