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Tue, Feb 18, 2020

The next phase of digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe: 2020 and beyond

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) possess fundamental strengths that uniquely position the region to capitalize on the next wave of digitalization – solid education systems, a large talent pool of “STEM” graduates, widely adopted digitally enabled services, and fewer technology legacies. But, these advantages alone do not mean that Central and Eastern […]

Issue Brief by Frances Burwell, Jörn Fleck

Central Europe Digital Policy

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

After Brexit: The road ahead

With Brexit now technically achieved, the remaining questions about the future UK-EU relationship will continue to dominate both sides in the years to come. Atlantic Council experts offered their response to the formal exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union and what lies ahead for both the UK and Europe.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

European Union Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Making Europe fit for the digital age

This focus on digital policy is embedded in a new economic strategy that represents a return to thinking in traditional European terms about an industrial strategy, one that would ensure that European companies face a “level-playing field” on their own continent but that also makes room for innovative European start-ups.

Blog Post by Frances Burwell

Digital Policy European Union

Frances G. Burwell is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and a senior director 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. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Allied for Startups.

Her most recent report is The European Union and the search for digital sovereignty: Building “Fortress Europe” or preparing for a new world? (co-authored). Among her other publications are: Making America First in the Digital Economy: The Case for Engaging Europe (2018); 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.