Edward Burrier is the senior advisor for private sector engagement in USIP’s Africa Center. In this role, Burrier examines the intersection of economic growth and peace and security.

Prior to joining USIP, he served as executive vice president of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Burrier helped direct all aspects of the agency’s operations, including serving as chair of DFC’s Investment Committee and approving over $8 billion in financing for projects in emerging markets for developmental impact, including major investments in Africa.

Beginning in July 2017, he served as chief operating officer and vice president of External Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) before its transformation to DFC. As vice president of external affairs, Burrier managed the agency’s relationships with Congress, federal agencies, and other key stakeholders. He oversaw all communications, public outreach, and engagement strategies in support of OPIC’s mission to advance development and U.S. foreign policy. In this capacity, he also directed the agency’s strategy in the successful passage of landmark legislation that modernized OPIC to DFC.

Before arriving at OPIC, Burrier served on Capitol Hill for 18 years, including as deputy staff director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In this role, he advised the chairman on all policy matters before the committee and provided leadership on formulating legislative and communications goals. During his tenure, the committee enacted more than 40 pieces of legislation to advance U.S. interests across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Burrier earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Mary Washington College and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Publications By Edward

In Africa, Putin’s War on Ukraine Drives Food, Fuel and Finance Crises

In Africa, Putin’s War on Ukraine Drives Food, Fuel and Finance Crises

Thursday, June 30, 2022

By: Edward A. Burrier

Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war on Ukraine has unleashed a wave of destruction and atrocities against its brave people. But the suffering and instability are not contained to Europe. Indeed, a continent away, Putin’s war has unleashed a “three-headed hydra” of food, energy and finance shortages in Africa, further threatening vulnerable Africans and putting dozens of countries at risk of default. Recognizing the need to tackle food insecurity, the Group of Seven (G-7) countries pledged billions more in assistance this week. But will it be enough given the severity of these challenges?

Type: Analysis and Commentary

EconomicsGlobal Policy

New U.S. Plan to Address Conflict Could Boost Mozambique’s Gains

New U.S. Plan to Address Conflict Could Boost Mozambique’s Gains

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

By: Edward A. Burrier

Since 2017, an Islamist insurgency has terrorized Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado. Known locally as al-Shabaab, the group has committed heinous acts like beheadings, abducting children and destroying schools and hospitals, leading to a humanitarian disaster and over a million displaced Mozambicans. The violence has also threatened the development of natural gas fields that would strengthen the country’s suffering economy. Fortunately, the militants are now on their back foot after Mozambique’s neighbors sent troops in July 2021 to counter the ISIS-linked group. But the region’s problems are deep-seated and will require sustained engagement to stave off further violence and advance peace. Last Friday, the United States signaled it was prepared for such a commitment to Mozambique.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Fragility & Resilience

Countering Coups: How to Prevent Armed Seizures of Power

Countering Coups: How to Prevent Armed Seizures of Power

Thursday, February 17, 2022

By: Thomas P. Sheehy;  Edward A. Burrier;  Ena Dion;  Emily Cole

Armies have seized power in five states of the greater Sahel over nine months, cementing this African region as the most pronounced center of a global crisis. The Sahel’s military coups d’état are an acute symptom of poor and authoritarian governance that is breeding extremism and transnational criminality, igniting violence and undermining efforts to build democracies. These crises highlight widening security risks for the Sahel’s 135 million people and ultimately for Europe and the United States. Congress has begun urgently needed policy changes that analysts say should now be accelerated to prevent further coups and to buttress stability and democracy.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & GovernanceGlobal Policy

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