Sharon Burke

Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program

The Honorable Sharon E. Burke is a senior advisor to New America, where she focuses on international security and a new program, Resource Security, which examines the intersection of security, prosperity, and natural resources.

Before joining New America, Burke served in the Obama Administration as the assistant secretary of defense for operational energy, a new office that worked to improve the energy security of U.S. military operations. Prior to her service at DoD, Burke held a number of senior U.S. government positions, including at the Department of State in the George W. Bush Administration, and was a vice president and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. She attended Williams College and Columbia University, where she was a Zuckerman and International fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs. She serves as an advisor to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Decarbonizing Energy, and the Pew Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate.

All Work

RESOURCE SECURITY
A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia

RESOURCE SECURITY
The Pentagon's Fuel Fiefdom

RESOURCE SECURITY
YIMBY

A very personal lesson in the severe weather we're studying


RESOURCE SECURITY
Energy and Environment Delegation to Japan with Sasakawa USA

Sharon Burke will be leading the delegation of emerging experts to Japan next week to discuss the US-Japan energy relationship.


RESOURCE SECURITY
A Firsthand Account on the Complexity of Weather

We traveled to Portland, Maine in the middle of a snowstorm and learned a thing or two about the weather.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
Fight or Flight: Should State Department Employees Undermine Trump, or Just Quit?

Sharon Burke wrote for Foreign Policy about whether State Department employees should quit or undermine President Trump.


RESOURCE SECURITY
Mattis on Military Energy Security

In yesterday’s hearing on the nomination of General Jim Mattis (USMC, ret) to be Secretary of Defense, Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked about mi


RESOURCE SECURITY
Too Much Natural Security?

What does natural security really mean? Biomimicry? Environmental crime? Or the geopolitics of natural resources? Here's what it means to me


RESOURCE SECURITY
General Jim Mattis Goes Green?

Will the retired Marine general be a closet environmentalist? Probably not, explains Sharon Burke.


RESOURCE SECURITY
LockMart Comes Clean

Lockheed Martin in the clean energy business.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
War and Tweets: Terrorism in America in the Digital Age

A discussion on how political rhetoric, news media, and social media shape the public reaction to terrorism


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
How Does Journalism Shape our Response to Terrorism?

The policy paper "War and Tweets" was cited in a Poynter article about local news coverage of terrorist attacks.