Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

Faculty affiliates and research fellows work closely with field practitioners to conduct research and scholarship on key topics related to Middle East peace negotiations. Through publications, workshops, and multimedia resources, MENI affiliates disseminate problem-solving methodology and share negotiation methods and techniques that can help resolve challenges in the Middle East.

Ongoing MENI projects include the following:

  • Abraham’s Path
  • Abraham’s Path follows Abraham’s famous journey from Sanliurfa in southeast Turkey through Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. The walking trail offers hikers the opportunity to engage with the region firsthand. The path represents the challenging, long-term negotiations used to establish a contiguous route through often-hostile countries. Abraham’s Path has powerful regional implications for economic development, mutual engagement, and peace building. PON serves as the intellectual and academic home of Abraham’s Path.

  • Iran Nuclear Negotiations Working Group
  • The Iran Nuclear Negotiations Working Group focuses on evaluating Iranian nuclear negotiations used in the past while exploring new analytic perspectives on the current challenges. Sponsored by HNP and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School, participants include experts on negotiation, Iran, the broader Middle East, and nonproliferation.

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Negotiating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Track Two Diplomacy in the Past, Present and Future

PON Staff   •  09/02/2014   •  Filed in Daily, Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), Videos

Track-Two Diplomacy

The Middle East Negotiation Initiative at the Program on Negotiation is pleased to present a public talk by Dr. Yair Hirschfeld on September 19th. Dr. Hirschfeld, who is best known as the “architect of the Oslo Process,” will discuss the history of Track II diplomacy efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and analyze recent developments in … Read More 

Arab and Jewish Students Offered Negotiation Training with Support from the Program on Negotiation

PON Staff   •  12/09/2013   •  Filed in Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

On October 1, 2013, nearly 300 Jewish and Arab students from twelve Israeli high schools convened for a conference on negotiation, co-sponsored by the Program on Negotiation.  Having learned core negotiation methodology and acquiring concrete tools and skills previously, these students were offered a special opportunity to learn directly from skilled negotiation practitioners in various … Read More 

ARCHITACTICS: Architecture as a Creative Strategy in Territorial Negotiations

PON Staff   •  10/15/2013   •  Filed in Events, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

The Program on Negotiation’s Middle East Negotiation Initiative
and the Harvard Graduate School of Design are pleased to present:

ARCHITACTICS:
Architecture as a Creative Strategy in Territorial Negotiations

a presentation by
Architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai
Research Fellow at the Program on Negotiation

 

respondents:
Alain Lempereur
Executive Committee Member at the Program on Negotiation
Alan B. Slifka Professor at Brandeis University
Shula Gilad
Senior Fellow at the … Read More 

Win-Win Negotiations in the Middle East: How the Principles Behind the Harvard Negotiation Project Apply to Israel and Palestine

PON Staff   •  07/30/2013   •  Filed in Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), Win-Win Negotiations

Peace talks in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine have stalled for years and, with no ‘new beginnings’ on the horizon, many have come to expect stagnation and lack of progress in talks between the neighbors. That was until this week when Secretary of State John Kerry was successful in getting Palestinian and Israeli … Read More 

PON panel discusses Track II Negotiations, Islands of Coordination and Unilateral Moves in the New Middle East

PON Staff   •  05/07/2013   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), Videos

On March 4th, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School hosted a panel discussion entitled: “Negotiations by Other Means: Track II, Unilateral Action, Robust Third Party Role and Islands of Coordination in the New Middle East.”

 

 

 

The panel featured three veterans of high profile Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy: Ambassador Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for … Read More 

Negotiations by Other Means: Track II, Unilateral Action, Robust Third Party Role and Islands of Coordination in the New Middle East

PON Staff   •  02/22/2013   •  Filed in Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

As direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations appear to have ground to an indefinite halt, attention has shifted to other, less conventional methods for achieving mutually desirable outcomes for the two peoples. Tonight’s panelists will discuss the potential of alternatives including Track II diplomacy, isolated areas of coordination, a pro-active role of the third party and even … Read More 

Israeli Settlement Withdrawal: Negotiation lessons from the past, and planning for the future

PON Staff   •  02/08/2013   •  Filed in Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

This presentation by Karen Lee Bar-Sinai and Prof. Robert Mnookin is the fourth seminar exploring the role of urban planning in negotiation, co-sponsored by the Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI) at the Program on Negotiation and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. … Read More 

PON Film Series Event: My Neighbourhood Screening with Julia Bacha, Just Vision

PON Staff   •  01/18/2013   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), PON Film Series

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School are pleased to present a screening of “My Neighborhood,” a new Just Vision documentary. A panel discussion will be held after the screening with Julia Bacha, director/producer of My Neighbourhood. … Read More 

PON co-sponsors negotiation skills training for Israeli and Palestinian students

PON Staff   •  01/09/2013   •  Filed in Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI), Negotiation Skills, Videos

Thanks to leadership from the Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI) of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, a series of negotiation skills trainings was recently provided to eleventh grade students from Jewish and Arab schools in Israel.  These two-day workshops, co-sponsored by the Program on Negotiation and the Amal Network and funded by … Read More 

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