In the NewsJun 7, 2022
Burrows in New Security Beat: Youth disillusionment as a danger to democracy
By Atlantic Council
On June 7, an article co-authored by Mathew Burrows was published by the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, which discussed the dangers of a growing cohort of youth who feel disillusioned by political failures. “Failing to examine youth engagement trends may be a serious blind spot— and thus a threat to democracy. It is a question […]
Mathew Burrows, PhD served as the director of Foresight, Scowcroft Strategy Initiative and as the co-director of New American Engagement Initiative within the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and was 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.