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Tue, Apr 28, 2020

US policymakers knew a pandemic was coming: Why they ignored the warnings

It's high time we bring the government’s decision making into the twenty-first century. The knowledge is there for how to do it. What’s our excuse as a country for ignoring it?

New Atlanticist by Mathew J. Burrows

Coronavirus United States and Canada

Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Atlantic Council strategy paper warns pandemic threatens global order

Decisive US leadership with allies needed for sustained economic recovery and security in wake of COVID-19

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Wed, Apr 15, 2020

Burrows joins MSNBC to discuss the global lack of preparedness for pandemics

Director of the Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, Mathew Burrows, joins MSNBC with Chuck Todd to discuss the lack of pandemic preparation throughout the US and around the world.

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Dr. Mathew J. Burrows serves as the director of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He was appointed counselor to the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in 2007 and director of the Analysis and Production Staff (APS) in 2010. As director of APS, Burrows was responsible for managing a staff of senior analysts and production technicians who guide and shepherd all NIC products from inception to dissemination. He was the principal drafter for the NIC publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, which received widespread recognition and praise in the international media and among academics and think tanks. 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.

Burrows joined the CIA in 1986, where he served as analyst for the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), covering Western Europe, including the development of European institutions such as the European Union. 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. Other previous positions included assignments as special assistant to the US UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (1999-2001) and Deputy National Security Advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill (2001-02). He is a member of the DI’s Senior Analyst Service.

Burrows graduated from Wesleyan University in 1976 and received a PhD in European history from Cambridge University, England in 1983.