Four Organizations Funded by Carnegie Corporation to Provide Expertise on Iran to Policymakers

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Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced four grants totaling $1.4 million for efforts by independent experts to provide policymakers with the most current technical assessments, research, and analysis on critical international security issues posed by Iran. The grants are part of a larger package of international security grants announced for the third quarter of the foundation’s fiscal year. 

Grant recipients will explore and promote diplomatic measures to delay or deter Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons capabilities. Work will also focus on analyzing the security implications of a world with Iranian nuclear weapons and the contingency planning that should take place now if deterrence is not successful. 

These grants are part of the Corporation’s broader support to help reduce nuclear dangers.

“The standoff with Iran over its disputed nuclear program has increased the demand—particularly within Congress and the Obama Administration—for credible analysis and practical and effective approaches to avoiding military confrontation,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation.  “The Corporation’s grantmaking in its nuclear security program aims to support the experts and institutions that can provide policymakers with the research and know-how needed to help strengthen existing international norms and rules against the spread and use of nuclear weapons and to ensure that fissile material and other components of nuclear weapons are safe, secure, and under international monitoring and supervision.”

Four organizations have received Carnegie Corporation support to address issues related to addressing the challenge posed by Iran’s nuclear activities:

The Center for a New American Security received a grant of $321,600, part of which will help to better understand—and inform policymakers and the national debate about—the specific approaches intended to deter Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, or contain the country if it does.  It will also help identify a series of steps policymakers should take to establish a framework to preserve regional peace and security should diplomacy prove unsuccessful.

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments received a grant of $325,000 to conduct analysis of the consequences of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. By gaining a better sense of possible future scenarios, the assessment would enable policymakers to identify strategies to mitigate these risks should efforts to block proliferation of nuclear weapons to Iran fail.

The Center for Policy Studies in Russia received a $450,000 grant, part of which will go toward informal diplomatic efforts (Track II) to strengthen, re-energize, and elevate Russian-U.S. consultations on Iran. The Moscow-based, independent think tank is dedicated to research and training on nuclear nonproliferation.

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs received a grant of $300,000, part of which will go toward forging greater domestic and international consensus about the challenges of nuclear proliferation in general and the measures employed to thwart the spread of nuclear weapons to Iran.

For almost three decades, Carnegie Corporation of New York has been supporting efforts to reduce the threat and proliferation of nuclear weapons; strengthen the norms that govern nuclear activity; and to attract and strengthen the expertise of the next generation of nuclear security experts. As one of a handful of private funders of nuclear security work, Carnegie Corporation often works in collaboration with other funders to support researchers at independent institutions, including think tanks and university-based centers, for their work to provide analysis of critical nuclear issues and new policy choices needed to address them.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.