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 Resource Security, a program that 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. 

All Work

What City Has the Power to Woo Amazon?

What might tip the balance in any one place's favor? Traffic? Access to talent? Affordable housing? Favorable tax incentives?


RESOURCE SECURITY
What City Has the Power to Woo Amazon?

Sharon Burke wrote for Slate Future Tense about the Amazon HQ2 finalists and how they compare in terms of energy.


RESOURCE SECURITY
In Times Of Severe Weather, Is New Englanders' Self-Reliance Virtue Or Vice?

Sharon Burke was quoted in WBUR News on the Weather Eye report findings in New England.


RESOURCE SECURITY
Weather Eye: Stories from the Front

How communities are preparing for the next big weather disaster, as told by the people who live there.


FELLOWS and FUTURE TENSE
As the Waters Come, Will Our Politics Rise to the Challenge?

Will international efforts be able to save us from an impending “water world”?


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