Abraham’s Path

Abraham’s Path is a long-distance walking trail that traces the footsteps of the ancient patriarch from Sanliurfa in southeast Turkey through Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Designed as a cultural route, the path offers hikers the opportunity to engage with the peoples and landscapes of the region firsthand, and to see the region from a new perspective.

Dr. William Ury , founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at PON, was instrumental in the envisioning and development of Abraham’s Path. The path offers an intriguing case of very challenging, long-term negotiations to establish a contiguous route through often-hostile countries; if fully successful, Abraham’s Path could have powerful regional implications for economic development, mutual engagement, and peace-building.

Professor James Sebenius is the academic consultant for the Abraham Path and HNP. Today, the Program on Negotiation serves as the intellectual and academic home of Abraham’s Path, which continues to be overseen by Dr. Ury and Dr. Joshua Weiss. In the fall of 2006, Dr. Ury and PON Managing Director Susan Hackley traveled to the Middle East for an inaugural journey.

Today, the Program on Negotiation serves as the intellectual and academic home of Abraham’s Path, which continues to be overseen by Dr. Ury and Joshua Weiss. In the fall of 2006, Dr. Ury and PON Managing Director Susan Hackley traveled to the Middle East for an inaugural journey.

Shades Fellows Walk the Abraham Path Together

PON Staff   •  08/28/2013   • Filed in Abraham's Path, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative

On June 5, 2013, Shades Israeli and Palestinian fellows walked the Abraham Path in Israel’s Negev on a guided tour organized by PON Senior Fellow Shula Gilad, visiting Jewish and Arab villages on the route, learning about the Abrahamic tradition of the societies, their current challenges and success. As is the case for others who … Read More 

Negotiating the Path of Abraham

PON Staff   •  10/06/2011   • Filed in Abraham's Path, Middle East Negotiation Initiative, Uncategorized

A recent Harvard Business School Working Paper, co-authored by Harvard Negotiation Program Chair James Sebenius, Abraham’s Path Initiative Managing Director Joshua Weiss, and Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Kimberlyn Leary, analyzes the Abraham Path Initiative from its intellectual conception in 2004 through its implementation and provides useful commentary on the initiative’s broader effects on … Read More 

Video: Dr. William Ury Travels Abraham’s Path

PON Staff   •  07/29/2011   • Filed in Abraham's Path, Daily, International Negotiation, Videos

Dr. William Ury, Co-Founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at the Program on Negotiation, has been a key leader in developing Abraham’s Path, a long distance walking trail that traces the footsteps of the ancient patriarch from Sanliurfa in south-east Turkey, through Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

Watch the video on Facebook: “Walking the Masar Ibrahim/Abraham’s … Read More 

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