High Stakes Negotiation Support Initiative

(a Harvard Negotiation Project initiative)
Directors: Jim Sebenius and Daniel L. Shapiro

The High Stakes Negotiation Support Initiative offers intellectual support to a wide range of ongoing, high-stakes negotiations, ranging from North Korea to Afghanistan, Venezuela to the Israeli-Palestinian context. Drawing on the Harvard Negotiation Project’s interdisciplinary faculty and its widely established negotiation theories, the Initiative (1) analyzes high-stakes conflicts in concert with international scholar-practitioners and local partners, (2) formulates prescriptive advice for key stakeholders, influencers, and third-party advisors, and (3) develops new theory, case studies, and training programs based on findings from this practice-based research. We work closely with actual stakeholders to understand and evaluate barriers to negotiation and to co-design innovative negotiation structures, strategies, and processes.