On Tuesday, December 4, the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, hosted Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, counselor, US National Intelligence Council (NIC) for a talk about the soon-to-be released Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds report.

Discussion was centered on trends and developments in the coming decades and the impact of these developments on how policy is shaped today. 

Dr. Burrows was the principal architect for the Global Trends 2030 report. He was appointed counselor to the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) in July 2007 and director of the Analysis and Production Staff (APS) in January 2010. He is also a member of the Directorate of Intelligence’s (DI) Senior Analyst Service. From 2003 to 2007, he served as director of APS. Other previous positions included assignments as special assistant to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke (1999-2001), and deputy national security advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill (2001-02). 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. Dr. Burrows joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1986, where he served as analyst for the DI. Dr. Burrows was also the principal drafter of the NIC publication, Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World. This publication has received widespread recognition and praise in the international media and among academics and think tanks. 

This briefing took place one week before the Atlantic Council’s Global Trends 2030: US Leadership in a Post-Western World conference where the Council will release the accompanying report, Envisioning 2030: US Strategy for a Post-Western World.

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