October 23, 2019

NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs to Mark 15th Anniversary with a Timely Panel Discussion on the “Futures of Counterterrorism”

NEW YORK, October 23, 2019—The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA), which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, will host an important discussion on the “Futures of Counterterrorism” on Wednesday, October 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay St., Room 430.

The discussion, part of a series of lectures hosted by CGA that are free and open to the public, will focus on global responses to emerging terrorist threats. Five years ago, CGA began a research and consulting project for the United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED). Each semester, under the direction of CGA Clinical Professor Michael Oppenheimer, five to six CGA students have examined counterterrorism issues of current and emerging priority to the UN. The nature of these projects defines the evolution of the terrorist threat and of global responses: terrorist use of social media and the requirements of effective counter narratives; the problem of ISIS fighters and their families returning from zones of conflict, and best practices in managing this challenge; the uses and abuses of emerging technology in monitoring terrorist threats; and the role of public-private partnerships in defining and responding to emerging threats. Project results have been distributed/delivered in papers and briefings, and through conferences organized by CGA.

At the October 30 event, UN officials and top terrorism experts will join former CTED student participants for a discussion of this critical project on the future of counterterrorism.


  • Michael Oppenheimer, Clinical Professor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs [Moderator]
  • Mary Beth Altier, Clinical Associate Professor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs
  • Melissa Salyk-Virk, Senior Policy Analyst, International Security Program, New America
  • David Scharia, Chief of Branch, United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED)
  • Ali Soufan, Chief Executive Officer, The Soufan Group; Founder, The Soufan Center

If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the event, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu or Michael DeMeo at md1122@nyu.edu.

About the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs
Celebrating it 15th anniversary, the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs facilitates change by educating and inspiring our community members to become global citizens who are capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. We believe that the development of solutions to global problems must be informed by an understanding that the world’s challenges are not merely challenges for and among states and traditional diplomatic outlets, but also challenges for nonstate actors, urban and rural communities, and regional organizations.

Through the MS in Global Affairs, the NEW MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime, professional education programs, and public events, we prepare global citizens who are at home in all of these environments—and thus, who are effective agents of change.

For more information, visit sps.nyu.edu/cga.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
For 85 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 20 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and post-traditional students, four associate’s degrees, and a plethora of non-degree courses and credentials.

NYUSPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYUSPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders are a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYUSPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 27,000 NYUSPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more, visit sps.nyu.edu.

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