Great Negotiator Award

PON created the Great Negotiator Award in 2000 to recognize an individual whose lifetime achievements in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution have had a significant and lasting impact. Composed of a network of faculty and scholars dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution from Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools, PON has recognized a diverse cast of distinguished negotiators from their respective fields: James Baker (2012), former Secretary of State; Martti Ahtisaari (2011), Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former President of Finland (2010); Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artists who created “The Gates” in Central Park (2008); Bruce Wasserstein, Chairman and CEO of Lazard, an international financial advisory and asset management firm (2007); Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2005); Richard Holbrooke, former United States ambassador to the United Nations (2004); Stuart Eizenstat, former U.S. ambassador to the European Union (2003); Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations’ special envoy for Afghanistan (2002); Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. trade representative in the second Clinton administration (2001); and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell for his work in Northern Ireland (2000).

Under the leadership of Professor James Sebenius, PON has developed a set of teaching materials relating to the Great Negotiator honorees. These materials include DVDs of events and interviews and case study packages describing actual negotiations. For more information, refer to the PON Clearinghouse.

Ambassador Tommy Koh of Singapore Named the Great Negotiator by the Program on Negotiation and the Future of Diplomacy Project

Keith Lutz   •  09/16/2013   • Filed in Great Negotiator Award, International Negotiation

The Program on Negotiation, an inter-university consortium of Harvard, MIT, and Tufts, and Harvard’s Future of Diplomacy Project have named Ambassador Tommy Koh of Singapore the recipient of the 2014 Great Negotiator Award. In public events at Harvard planned for the afternoon of Thursday, April 10, 2014 (details to be announced), participants will honor Koh’s … Read More 

2012 Great Negotiator Award event will honor former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III on March 29th

PON Staff   •  03/29/2012   • Filed in Great Negotiator Award, International Negotiation, News

The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School and the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) will jointly honor former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III with the 2012 Great Negotiator Award on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School.

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Video: 2010 Great Negotiator President Martti Ahtisaari discusses the Helsinki Agreement and Aceh

PON Staff   •  05/03/2011   • Filed in Events, Great Negotiator Award, Resources, Videos

On September 27, 2010, the Program on Negotiation presented the Great Negotiator Award to former President of Finland Martii Ahtisaari.

This video shows part of the event, including a discussion with President Ahtisaari on Aceh and the Helsinki Agreement. Joining President Ahtisaari are Harvard Kennedy School Professor Iris Bohnet and Senior Lecturer Brian Mandell.  Professor … Read More 

Video: 2010 Great Negotiator Martti Ahtisaari

PON Staff   •  04/04/2011   • Filed in Daily, Great Negotiator Award, International Negotiation, Resources, Videos

On September 27, 2010, the Program on Negotiation presented former President of Finland the Great Negotiator Award. This video shows a portion of the event, including part of a discussion with President Ahtisaari regarding the final status for Kosovo.

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Remembering Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, a Great Negotiator

PON Staff   •  12/15/2010   • Filed in Daily, Great Negotiator Award

In 2004, the Program on Negotiation selected Ambassador Richard Holbrooke as the recipient of its Great Negotiator Award. “He was an outstanding and entrepreneurial diplomat, and we are so sorry to learn of his sudden death,” said Professor Robert H. Mnookin, Chair of the Program on Negotiation. “During the day Richard Holbrooke spent with us, … Read More 

New PON Teaching Materials About the Work of Martti Ahtisaari, 2010 Great Negotiator Award Recipient

PON Staff   •  12/09/2010   • Filed in Daily, Great Negotiator Award, International Negotiation, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

The Program on Negotiation’s 2010 Great Negotiator Award was given to former Finnish President, Martti Ahtisaari, for his many significant achievements in the fields of negotiation and diplomacy. He was central to the Namibian independence negotiations in the late 1980s. He also served as chief United Nations negotiator to Kosovo from 2005-2006, and was instrumental … Read More 

Former President Martti Ahtisaari honored with Great Negotiator Award!

PON Staff   •  09/23/2010   • Filed in Daily, Events, Great Negotiator Award, International Negotiation

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Will Honor Former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari with the 2010 Great Negotiator Award
Co-sponsored with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Great Negotiator Event Offers Real-World Negotiation Discussion to All Students

For Immediate Release

CAMBRIDGE, MA (September 21,  2010) The Program on Negotiation … Read More 

Great Negotiator Schedule Announced

PON Staff   •  09/14/2010   • Filed in Daily, Events, Great Negotiator Award

Drafts of the case studies of President Martti Ahtisaari’s work in Aceh and Kosovo are available for review in order to prepare for this year’s Great Negotiator discussion.

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient (2008) and former President of Finland (1994-2000), Martti Ahtisaari will be honored with the 2010 Great Negotiator Award by the Program on Negotiation … Read More 

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