Frances Burwell

  • A Transatlantic Strategy for a Democratic Tunisia

    On June 7, 2016 the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched a new report, A Transatlantic Strategy for a Democratic Tunisia. The Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell moderated a discussion between Amy Hawthorne of the Project on Middle East Democracy and Atlantic Council senior fellow Karim Mezran, all coauthors of the report. International Monetary Fund (IMF) economist Andrea Gamba also participated in the discussion. Assistant administrator for the Middle East at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Paige Alexander and managing director for the Middle East and North Africa at the European External Action Service Nicholas Westcott provided opening remarks.

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  • Tunisia Seen Key to Regional Prosperity

    Tunisia’s democratic transition and economic growth can lead to security and stability in a volatile neighborhood, according to a US government official.

    “A successful Tunisia benefits not only the Tunisian people but enhances security, prosperity, and influence in the region as well,” Paige Alexander, assistant administrator for the Bureau for the Middle East at the US Agency for International Development, said at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council on June 7.

    “Working together [with Europe], it’s critical that we ensure that both the Tunisian economy and the political system continue to thrive,” she added.

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  • Burwell Quoted in the Washington Post on Brexit and the European Migrant Crisis


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  • Burwell Quoted in Roll Call on US-UK Relationship, TTIP, and Brexit


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  • To B or Not to B? Obama Steps into Brexit Debate

    US President Barack Obama’s forceful, and unusual, call for the United Kingdom not to leave the European Union reflects a combination of Washington’s unease over the possibility of a Brexit and its big stake in the outcome of the vote, according to the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    It is “natural for friends to want to comment on such major decisions,” said Burwell, Vice President, European Union and Special Initiatives, at the Atlantic Council.

    “I’m sure the President would not have done this without the enthusiastic backing of [British] Prime Minister [David] Cameron. But neither would he have done this for an issue that did not affect US interests,” she added.

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  • Burwell Joins The Diane Rehm Show to Discuss What Britain’s Potential Exit From the European Union Could Mean For Global Markets


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  • Atlantic Council Digital Marketplace Report Featured in DigitalEurope


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  • Burwell Quoted in Handelsblatt on Brussels Terrorist Attacks and the Future of Security in the European Union


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  • Migrant Deal ‘Reengages’ Turkey with the European Union

    The deal reached on March 18 to address Europe’s migrant crisis “reengages” Turkey with the European Union, but is a “questionable deal” for Europe, said the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    “Even more important than the specifics of the negotiation, this deal reengages Turkey with Europe, taking the relationship out of the deep freeze where it had been,” said Burwell, Vice President of the Atlantic Council’s European Union and Special Initiatives.

    “Turkey is acknowledged as important in Europe, and some of its most recent questionable acts, such as the takeover of Zaman[newspaper], have been largely ignored by European leaders,” she added.

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  • Turkey’s Demands Could Destroy Migrant Deal

    Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell predicts political opposition in Europe

    A preliminary deal struck between the European Union and Turkey to shut Europe’s backdoor to migrants fleeing across the Aegean Sea could likely crumble under the burden of Turkey’s demands, said the Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell.

    “There are a whole bunch of questions about this deal and I would not be surprised to see it change again or perhaps even fall apart at the next meeting,” said Burwell, Vice President of the European Union and Special Initiatives at the Atlantic Council.

    Under the terms of the deal, which European leaders hope to finalize ahead of a March 17-18 summit in Brussels, Turkey will take back all new migrants who illegally enter Greece from Turkey. In a “one-to-one” swap, Europe will take in one Syrian from a Turkish refugee camp for every Syrian returned from Greece. There are close to three million Syrians already in Turkey.

    Turkey has demanded that the European Union double the $3.3 billion in aid already pledged to help it take care of the migrants, allow Turkish citizens visa-free travel in Europe, and speed up Turkey’s long-stalled EU accession process.

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