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Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Burrows and Manning in War on the Rocks: The problem with Biden’s democracy agenda

On July 27, War on the Rocks published a commentary by Mathew Burrows and Robert Manning on the Biden administration’s democracy agenda. The authors make the point that there is an inherent tension between the importance Biden has assigned to promoting democracy and the American people viewing it as a less important foreign policy issue. […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

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Sun, Jun 27, 2021

Burrows in Lawfare: How the United States can compete with Chinese influence in Southeast Asia

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Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Burrows mentioned in the Politico Playbook

On June 16, Dr. Mathew Burrows’s new report co-authored with Denver University’s Pardee Center on US and Chinese influence was mentioned in the Politico Playbook.

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Mathew Burrows, PhD serves as director of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative (FSR) and is one of the leading experts on strategic foresight and global trend analysis. In 2013 he retired from a 28-year long career in the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the last 10 years of which he spent at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), the premier analytic unit in the US Intelligence Community. In 2007, Burrows was appointed Counselor, the number three position in the NIC, and was the principal drafter for the NIC publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, which received widespread recognition and praise in the international media. In 2005, he was asked to set up and direct the NIC’s new Long Range Analysis Unit, which is now known as the Strategic Futures Group.

Other positions included assignments as deputy national security advisor to Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill (2001-02), special assistant to the UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (1999-2001), and first holder of the intelligence community fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1998-1999). Burrows received a BA in American and European history from Wesleyan University and a PhD in European history from the University of Cambridge.