Michael F. Oppenheimer


CGA Clinical Professor Michael Oppenheimer has provided research, consulting, and policy advice to U.S. foreign policymakers and intelligence communities through scenario-building for nearly 40 years.  Professor Oppenheimer mediated CGA’s workshops on Iraq and Iran, and he will lead upcoming workshops on China, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.


Michael Oppenheimer is a professor of international relations and political economy in the Global Affairs masters degree program at New York University.  He also does extensive consulting, specializing in futures oriented policy analysis for the US foreign policy and intelligence communities, think tanks and NGOs.  He is an expert on the global economy, U.S foreign policy and national security strategy.  He has published on a wide range of topics, including Europe’s future, international trade distortions, and U.S. trade policy.

For the past decade, Mr. Oppenheimer has worked for Washington foreign policy makers and intelligence officials on a range of strategic projects.  He is credited with expanding the use of scenarios and alternative analyses for the US intelligence community.  He worked directly for the Chairman of the National Intelligence Council in establishing the method and process, and in creating the scenarios for Mapping the Global Future.  He has conducted workshops for The Brookings Institution on legitimacy and the potential use of force against Iran, and for the Council on Foreign Relations on early warning and conflict prevention.  He was a US delegate for a track two dialogue with Iranian experts, sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  He is a fellow at the Institute for Homeland Security, and consults to the Department of Homeland Security on future threats.

Mr. Oppenheimer is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Foreign Policy Roundtable at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and the American Council on Germany.  He is a frequent speaker on the origins and leading indicators of conflict, domestic sources of foreign policy, and new approaches to thinking about the global system.  Before he joined the NYU faculty, he was President of Global Scenarios, a New York based consulting company, and previously was Executive Vice President at The Futures Group, a Connecticut based international research and consulting company with government and corporate clients.

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