The Center for Global Affairs of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies to Continue Scenarios Initiative Through a Grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York

New Project to Focus on Alternate Futures for Syria


NEW YORK, December 5, 2012 -- The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) of the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to develop alternate futures for Syria, and for U.S. interests in this escalating regional conflict. The grant follows a $250,000 award from the Corporation in 2009 to construct alternate futures for China, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine, as well as a $50,000 grant in 2011 to study the future of Pakistan. The work will consist of research conducted by CGA faculty members and students, and a workshop that will engage top Middle East experts and U.S. policymakers in shaping alternate futures for Syria and in discussing consequences for U.S. interests.

“This particular initiative will focus on imagining alternative, plausible outcomes of the Syrian civil war, from restored internal stability to regional, or even global, conflict,” said the project’s director, Michael Oppenheimer, clinical professor, NYU-SCPS Center for Global Affairs. “Once those outcomes are constructed, the participants will then suggest how U.S. policy might encourage the more positive ones and prevent or mitigate the more negative ones.”

“The relationship with Carnegie Corporation has produced previous successful workshops on other states. In light of recent critical and volatile developments in the Middle East, we are looking to the Center’s thoughtful and original analyses through a scenario-building workshop on Syria,” said Patricia Moore Nicholas, project manager, International Peace and Security at Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Founded in 2007, the CGA Scenarios Initiative aims to improve the quality of U.S. policymaking by gathering experts from diverse skill sets and nationalities to participate in interactive scenario-building workshops. The most recent study, “Pakistan 2020,” was published in December 2011.

All previously published scenarios, and a detailed description of the Initiative’s process, are available at

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