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Tue, Feb 2, 2021

Three possible futures for the Biden presidency

Biden’s successes or failures will be determined by how the paradoxes of his presidency play out. The president is pursuing an extraordinarily ambitious social, economic, and foreign-policy agenda amid an exceptionally dire pandemic and recession—and with a razor-thin congressional majority, no less. He hopes to restore comity and bipartisan compromise to Congress, but his legislative skills will be tested by an obstinate Republican Party and worsening political tribalism.

New Atlanticist by Mathew Burrows, Robert A. Manning

Crisis Management Elections

Sat, Jan 30, 2021

#11: Re-Energize the Expansion of the Global Middle Class

By: Mathew Burrows What is the kernel of the issue? For the first time in a half-century, the global middle class has started to shrink. Post-COVID-19, the global middle class will shrink by 120 million people.   Why is the issue important? Historically, the erosion of the middle class has led to periods of political […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Wed, Jan 27, 2021

#8: Pull the World Out of the Food Crisis

By: Mathew Burrows What is the kernel of the issue? The UN has warned that the world is heading towards its worst food crisis in at least 50 years. The World Food Program believes that four countries across the developing world may already be suffering famine conditions and another 16 are heading in that direction. […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

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.